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The House on 56th Street (1933)

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... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Peggy Martin
Monty Van Tyle
Lyndon Fiske
Eleanor Van Tyle Burgess
Chester Hunt
Bonelli (as William Boyd)
Henry Burgess
Walter Walker ...
Dr. Wyman
Eleanor Van Tyle


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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Release Date:

23 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Haus in der 56. Straße  »

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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 »


Bill Blaine: I like you.
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: Thanks.
Bill Blaine: Don't you think we'd get along much better if we teamed instead of working against each other?
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: Why not?
Bill Blaine: Then you want to proceed on a business basis only?
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: That's right.
Bill Blaine: You're a very attractive woman, and I'm only human.
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: I can keep my head.
Bill Blaine: Can you keep it for both of us?
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: Mmm-hmmm.
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In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played on piano in the bar
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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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