MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 24,181 this week

Christopher Bean (1933)

 -  Comedy  -  17 November 1933 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 18 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Unbroken: An interview with Angelina Jolie

IMDb's Arno Kazarian chats with Angelina Jolie about working with cinematographer Roger Deakins and harnessing Jack O'Connell's fire

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 210 titles
created 08 May 2012
 
list image
a list of 74 titles
created 24 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 1002 titles
created 21 Oct 2013
 
a list of 6727 titles
created 03 Dec 2013
 
a list of 429 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Christopher Bean" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Christopher Bean (1933)

Christopher Bean (1933) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Christopher Bean.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Star major league pitcher Monty Stratton loses a leg in a hunting accident, but becomes determined to leave the game on his own terms.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan
Emma (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After decades of raising the motherless Smith children, housekeeper Emma Thatcher is faced with resentment when she marries their father.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Marie Dressler, Richard Cromwell, Jean Hersholt
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman tries to save her husband, a prosecutor, from a man who is threatening to blackmail him using letters he has written to an ex-mistress.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Loretta Young, Franchot Tone, Lewis Stone
Grand Hotel I (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Sylvia is the French teacher at Briarcroft's School for Girls, but she wants to find romance. When she hears Bill on the radio, she decides to leave and thank him. But he is on his way to ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Marion Davies, Bing Crosby, Fifi D'Orsay
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A divorcée leaves New York to visit her grandfather's farm and recover in the Midwest, where she unexpectedly falls in love with a married farmer.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Miriam Hopkins, Franchot Tone
Prosperity (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1925, John becomes President of the prosperous Warren Bank when Maggie retires. Six years later, John, Helen and the two children are happy in their home, but the two mother-in-laws are ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Anita Page
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Abby
...
Dr. Milton Haggett
Helen Mack ...
Susan Haggett
...
Mrs. Hannah Haggett
Russell Hardie ...
Warren Creamer
...
Rosen
...
Maxwell Davenport
Helen Shipman ...
Ada Haggett
George Coulouris ...
Tallent
Ellen Lowe ...
Maid
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Her Sweetheart, Christopher Bean  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Laurence E. Johnson's final screenplay. See more »

Connections

Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Christopher Bean (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dressler's swan song
1 March 2002 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

"The Late Christopher Bean" is a weak comedy-drama, notably only as the last film of the beloved character actress Marie Dressler. Like Lon Chaney in his last film (and for similar reasons), Dressler gives a poor performance here, because her body was riddled with the cancer that would soon kill her. But there are still a few flashes of her old brilliance.

The Haggetts are a "respectable" family who have fallen onto hard times but are keeping up appearances. Years ago, they took in a lodger who was also Doctor Haggett's tubercular and alcoholic patient. The lodger was Christopher Bean, an obscure painter who shows no promise of artistic greatness. The snobbish Haggetts look down on Bean. One of his paintings is pressed into service to patch a leaky roof, another consigned to the chicken-house, while daughter Ada paints on the back of yet another. Bean's only friend in the Haggett household is Abby, the kind-hearted cook played by Marie Dressler. Eventually, Christopher Bean dies, broke and obscure ... but not before Abby poses for a portrait. Bean bequeaths this last painting (his masterpiece) to Abby, who treasures the worthless artwork as a memento of her dear friend.

All of the above takes place before the movie starts, as backstory. Time has passed. Christopher Bean's artistic talents have been recognised (after his death, of course), and now his paintings are valuable. The Haggetts, who never had any use for Bean when he lived under their (leaky) roof, now scheme to trick Abby out of the portrait so that they can sell it. Heart-of-gold Abby has no interest in money: she wants to keep the painting because it's her only memento of her friend Christopher Bean ... or was he perhaps more than merely a friend?

Despite her poor health here, Dressler shows a few sparks of her talent in one scene as she recalls how the artist taught her to appreciate colour and light. Near the film's end, one scene is poignant for the wrong reason. Abby's trunk is packed as she prepares to leave the Haggetts' home forever. Dressler (only a few months away from death) repeatedly says good- bye while nobody pays attention.

George Coulouris (in his usual weasel mode, as a confidence trickster) and Beulah Bondi (less sympathetic than usual) repeat their roles from the Broadway cast. Helen Mack deftly handles a role that's in deepest cliché, as the ingenue yearning to elope with a handsome young artist (Russell Hardie) who is of course deeply talented. Just once, I'd like to see a movie in which the handsome young artist has no talent at all. As the head of the household, Lionel Barrymore's performance has an interesting character arc: he starts out as a selfless physician, then gradually succumbs to greed as he learns how valuable Bean's paintings are.

"The Late Christopher Bean" makes some very obvious points which aren't necessarily true. I give this film 3 points out of 10, and one of those points is for Sam Wood's brisk direction.


6 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Christopher Bean (1933) on video barry-mel45
Discuss Christopher Bean (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?