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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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Eleanor Van Tyle Burgess
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Chester Hunt
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Bonelli (as William Boyd)
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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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$211,000 (estimated)
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The $5,000 Peggy receives when she is released from prison would equal about $71,000 in 2017. See more »

Quotes

Bill Blaine: You know, Mrs. Stone, it's very seldom that ones finds a woman with a sense of gambling that you have. Have you played long?
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: Since I was a child. I used to play with my father and my grandfather.
Bill Blaine: I can believe that you play a man's game.
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: That;s one of the nicest comments you could pay me, Mr. Blaine
Bill Blaine: Not at all. The difference in our two stacks shows that it's more than just flattery.
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: Let's hope the new cards change your luck.
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Connections

Remade as The Return of Carol Deane (1938) See more »

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The Can-Can
(1858) (uncredited)
from "Orpheus in the Underworld"
Written by Jacques Offenbach
Performed in a show at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, France
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Kay Francis and Irony
2 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lightning-paced drama directed by Robert Florey stars Kay Francis (top female star at Warners) as a chorus girl in 1905 who is pursued by an older man (John Halliday) who has no interest in marriage and a younger man (Gene Raymond) who wants to marry her. She opts for Raymond and becomes a society hostess and eventually has a baby. Later, when she learns Halliday is ill, she visits. He tries to commit suicide but Francis is convicted and jailed for 20 years. The baby daughter grows up (Margaret Lindsay). Out of jail, Francis goes by the name of Mrs. Stone and meets up with a gambler (Ricardo Cortez). They work in a speakeasy and everything is OK until the daughter shows up one night. The ironic ending is perfect.

At 68 minutes, this film whizzes along but is filled with lots of period detail and plot elements. Very nicely done. Kay Francis gets to transform from the frilly 1905 fashions and hair to a sleek henna-rinsed beauty in 1927 and finally to a slightly graying babe dealing cards in 1933. She's terrific, and the ending will surprise you.

Co-stars include Nella Walker, Henry O'Neill, Frank McHugh, Hardie Albright, and William "Stage" Boyd.


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