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The House on 56th Street (1933)

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A beautiful chorine marries a handsome rich socialite, but her idyllic life ends when she visits a dying old beau and is charged when he commits suicide.

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Cast

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Peggy Martin
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Bill Blaine
Gene Raymond ...
Monty Van Tyle
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Lyndon Fiske
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Eleanor Van Tyle Burgess
Frank McHugh ...
Chester Hunt
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Bonelli (as William Boyd)
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Henry Burgess
Sheila Terry ...
Dolly
Phillip Reed ...
Freddy
Philip Faversham ...
Gordon
Walter Walker ...
Dr. Wyman
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Eleanor Van Tyle
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Storyline

This movie opens in 1905, when showgirl and daughter of a deceased gambler Peggy Martin falls in love with Monte Van Tyle and breaks the news to lover Fiske that she is leaving him. She and Monte marry and move into the title house, where Peggy says she "wants to live forever." They live an idyllic life for several years, have baby Eleanor, and life is beautiful. Then Fiske comes back and tells Peggy he is dying and wants her to be with him. She refuses, he gets desperate and tries to shoot himself, they struggle and he is shot dead. Peggy is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years. She tells the faithful Monte to someday tell Eleanor she died in jail. Time passes, Monte dies in WWI, Peggy is finally released. Her mother-in-law left her $5,000 in her will, so Peggy gets a makeover and goes on a cruise, where she meets Bill Blaine, a crooked gambler. They team up and make scads of money all over the world cheating suckers. They end up in New York and take jobs at a ... Written by ginnybabe

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She does them wrong in the right way!

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23 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Haus in der 56. Straße  »

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Trivia

Two actors listed in studio records for the play "The House on 56th Street (1933)" never did appear. These were (with their character names): Samuel S. Hinds (Curtis) and Theodore Newton (Freddie). See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Van Tyle Burgess: I never expected you to be my friend.
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: Perhaps one day you'll look back and see I as the best friend you ever had.
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Remade as The Return of Carol Deane (1938) See more »

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Tales From the Vienna Woods
(1868) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauß
Played by the orchestra for dancing at Peggy's party
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One Humdinger of a Pre-Code Melodrama
23 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would probably never have come across this movie on my own and was persuaded to watch it by Robert Osborne on TCM when he included it in his hand-selected lineup one night. It's really a ridiculous melodrama about a woman who's wrongfully accused of murdering a man whose love she rejects, spends 20 years in prison, gets a job at a gambling house when she's released and then manages to help her long-lost daughter (who doesn't know she's her mother) escape prosecution for murdering her mother's new lover.

Eesh, what a load of malarkey, but damned if it doesn't make for a pretty entertaining movie. And at only 69 minutes it doesn't require much of a time investment. Kay Francis plays the mother with the amount of noble suffering required, and there's a sort of noirish theme about people being trapped by their pasts. Because the movie is pre-Code, it has that gritty, sleazy quality common to other films from the same era, and is notable for the fact that it addresses gambling addiction and lets a major character get away scot free with murder.

Thank you once again Robert Osborne for adding to my movie knowledge.

Grade: B


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