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West of Broadway (1931)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  28 November 1931 (USA)
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Jerry Seevers returns from World War I service broken in health and his doctor tells him he has only six months to live. His fiancée jilts him and he sets out to drink himself to death. In ... See full summary »

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Jerry Stevens
El Brendel ...
Axel 'Swede' Axelson
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Dot Stevens
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Anne
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Mac - the Ranch Foreman
Frank Conroy ...
Judge Barham
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Mrs. Edith Trent
Ruth Renick ...
Barbara Main
Willie Fung ...
Wing - the Cook
John Miljan ...
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Jerry Seevers returns from World War I service broken in health and his doctor tells him he has only six months to live. His fiancée jilts him and he sets out to drink himself to death. In one of his binges he wakes up to find himself married to what the assumes is a gold-digger after his money. He leaves her and goes to a ranch in Arizona and get rid of his new bride, who is really in love with him. He sets up divorce proceedings and then realizes he actually loves her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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28 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ett nattligt äventyr  »

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While his career had been languishing for over 3 years before this picture was released, many critics proclaimed this film as the final nail in the coffin for the former silent film super-star, John Gilbert. See more »

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Mademoiselle from Armentières
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Sung by the returning soldiers in the opening scene
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A really bad plot, but interesting to watch John Gilbert in his waning days of stardom.
8 March 2000 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews



I'm always leery about a plot that begins with a drunk marrying a girl for almost no reason, only to find out the next day what a mistake it was. And the plot gets worse as people seem to behave without reason. I couldn't believe a minute of the film. (Preview audiences laughed at the goings on.) Still, it is a good film to watch if only to dispel any myths about Gilbert's voice being the cause of his demise as a star in the sound era. His voice is not high-pitched or squeaky (which I had heard) but is rather strong, low-pitched and quite good. You could see he still was an excellent actor. Beautiful Lois Moran was excellent as Gilbert's co-star; I wondered why she virtually quit making movies after 1931. There was one comedy scene I liked, with El Brendel and Willie Fung speaking their broken English and trying to understand each other. Otherwise, even the comedy relief, mostly supplied by El Brendel, was pretty bad.


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