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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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Bill Blaine
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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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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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23 December 1933 (USA)  »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Fresh as a Daisy
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Max Rich
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played on piano and sung by an uncredited trio of girls at Borelli's
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Short but successful
15 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I interpret this not as a full length feature but as a one hour front end of double feature (which would be preceded by a cartoon and a newsreel). In other words, you could call it a B movie. Seen that way, it is almost perfect. It is short and uncomplicated but manages to engage you and deliver a twist at the end.

It starts out looking like it will be another Kay Francis light romantic comedy along with the usual accompanying fashion show. Certain, she parades quite a collection of hats in the opening 20 minutes or so. Then the melodrama and angst kicks in and it becomes clear that this is no comedy.

It is not profound and opens no new paths in movie making. It sets out to entertain and deliver on expectations but manages to give something extra. You come away satisfied that you have seen a good movie but not so tired and engaged that you can't watch the back half of the double feature.

Kay Francis delivers what you would expect from her. In 1933, people went to see her movies expecting certain things and they get them plus some additional and effectively portrayed moods and emotion as a bonus. However, I must say that she is not as stunning and glamorous as she was in many of her other movies but that could be appropriate and deliberate here. The rest of the cast is up to their tasks. There isn't enough material for any of them to actually shine. The movie moves quickly and covers more than one time period.

Overall, a very successful B movie.


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