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Looking Forward (1933)

Approved | | Drama | 1933 (USA)
Depression Era story set in London has department store owner (Lewis Stone) facing bankruptcy while his family fritters away money. A long-standing employee (Lionel Barrymore) gets fired ... See full summary »

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Gabriel Service Sr.
Benita Hume ...
Mrs. Isobel Service
Elizabeth Allan ...
Caroline Service
Phillips Holmes ...
Michael Service
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Geoffrey Fielding
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Mr. Birkenshaw
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Lil Benton
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Mr. James Felton
Douglas Walton ...
Willie Benton
Viva Tattersall ...
Miss Elsie Benton
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Philip Bendicott
George K. Arthur ...
Mr. Tressitt, Salesman
Charles Irwin ...
Mr. Burton, Clerk
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Mr. Barker, Night Watchman
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Depression Era story set in London has department store owner (Lewis Stone) facing bankruptcy while his family fritters away money. A long-standing employee (Lionel Barrymore) gets fired but finds new life in a home-based bakery. The owner's wife (Benita Hume) can't face life without money, so she runs off with another man. The tables turn, however, when a last-minute reprieve saves the store and a new relationship is forged between the men. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Service, Yesterday's Rich  »

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The title of the movie was taken from the book written by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and credited to him onscreen. See more »

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Liebestraume No. 3
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Written by Franz Liszt
Played on piano by Viva Tattersall
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Service with a Frown
6 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Thoughtful, touching story about a wealthy store owner named Gabriel Service (Lewis Stone) who's going broke during the Great Depression while his spoiled family only seems to care about maintaining their lifestyle. Lionel Barrymore plays a long-time employee of the store who is laid off. The contrast between how the two men and their families deal with these hardships is the heart of the story.

Lewis Stone and Lionel Barrymore are both extraordinary. Benita Hume is quite hissable as Stone's no-good wife. Colin Clive plays the loyal second-in-command to Stone. A very subtle performance from Clive, an actor not known for subtlety. A fine supporting cast includes Halliwell Hobbes, Elizabeth Allan, Billy Bevan, and Phillips Holmes. Excellent production that grants us nice insight into the era. Unlike some other reviewers, I felt the ending was good. I guess some would have preferred Lewis Stone shoot himself or Lionel Barrymore blow up the store or something like that. Any movie where pastries figure into the plot heroically is alright with me.


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