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The House on 56th Street (1933)

TV-G  |   |  Drama, History  |  23 December 1933 (USA)
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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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Peggy Martin
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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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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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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

The Fountain in the Park
(1884) (uncredited)
aka "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"
Written by Ed Haley
Sung and performed by a chorus at the Follies of 1905
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Kay ages 25 years---
6 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

House On 56th Street (1933) Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Gene Raymond, Margaret Lindsey. Kay is a 1905 showgirl (Peggy} on Broadway and lover to Lyndon Fiske. She also has young Monte Van Tyle{Raymond) wanting to marry her. So she does. He builds her a mansion - the title address. Hubby is taken to war and Peggy has a baby girl And then Monte is killed, so Fiske pounces and says he needs her back, he is ill, etc. She says no. He takes out a gun. Badabing. In a struggle, he is shot and killed. Peggy is arrested, tried and given 20 years. House goes, baby goes to mother-in-law, and 20 years pass. We see Kay released and given a new start by an inheritance from her mother-in-law. From dowdy, gray haired convict, to glamorous widow sailing on a luxury ship and meeting up with crooked gambling man, Cortez. Eventually teaming up, they make lots of money and end up at the 56th St address, now the biggest gambling house/speakeasy in NYC. Well, now we have the set up for daughter and her beau, threatened by gambling problems. Suffice to say, Kay suffers but her daughter cries a lot as she sails off into the sunset with her young man, thanks to Ma. Kay wears a different gown in almost every scene in the speakeasy. Gorgeous. 8/10


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