Sweepings (1933)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  14 April 1933 (USA)
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Daniel Pardway, starting with almost nothing after the great Chicago fire, builds the biggest department store in town. He wants to pass on the business to his three sons and daughter, but ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Freddie Pardway
William Gargan ...
Gene Pardway
Alan Dinehart ...
Thane Pardway (as Allan Dinehart)
Gregory Ratoff ...
Abe Ullman
Helen Mack ...
Mamie Donahue
Lucien Littlefield ...
George Meeker ...
Bert Pardway
Ninetta Sunderland ...
Abigail Pardway
Esther Muir ...


Daniel Pardway, starting with almost nothing after the great Chicago fire, builds the biggest department store in town. He wants to pass on the business to his three sons and daughter, but has to deal with their lack of interest or aptitude. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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William Gargan, who plays the oldest brother Gene here, would play Uncle Thane Pardway in the 1939 remake titled "Three Sons." See more »


Freddie Pardway: Well, Abby, you're a sight for sore eyes.
Abigail Pardway: If you didn't drink so much, your eyes wouldn't be sore.
Freddie Pardway: Smart, ain't she?
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Version of Three Sons (1939) See more »


Silent Night
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Sung and played as background music at Christmas
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Lionel Barrymore is excellent in this good drama about life's successes and disappointments.
17 March 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Any parent who ever became disappointed with his children and any child who felt parental pressure will surely enjoy this drama. Lionel Barrymore is terrific as the father of four children, nicely played as adults by Eric Linden, William Gargan, George Meeker and Gloria Stuart, who cause him great embarrassment and grief and want little or nothing to do with the very successful department store he founded in Chicago after the great fire of 1871. The rest of the supporting cast all do well with Gregory Ratoff a standout as Barrymore's faithful manager, who feels he is not appreciated. Director John Cromwell gets the right feel of the period and handles the crowd scenes (with 300 extras used in the frenzied sale scenes) very well. This was an enjoyable movie.

Interesting tidbits: Barrymore had the flu and a fever of 103°F through some of the production but kept filming despite the doctor's order to rest. Special makeup applied by uncredited Mel Berns and Ern Westmore made the 55-year-old Barrymore look 25 at the start of the film. William Gargan was also in the 1939 remake "Three Sons," but played the part that Alan Dinehart played in this film.

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