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Sweepings (1933)

 -  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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Eric Linden ...
Freddie Pardway
William Gargan ...
Gene Pardway
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Alan Dinehart ...
Thane Pardway (as Allan Dinehart)
Gregory Ratoff ...
Abe Ullman
Helen Mack ...
Mamie Donahue
Lucien Littlefield ...
Grimson
George Meeker ...
Bert Pardway
Ninetta Sunderland ...
Abigail Pardway
Esther Muir ...
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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 has to deal with their lack of interest or aptitude. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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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 »

Quotes

Daniel Pardway: I rattle around in that old house like a pea in a shoe box.
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Good King Wenceslas
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Traditional Christmas carol
Modern lyrics by J.M. Neale (1853)
Sung and played as background music at Christmas
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"It's funny the things you find in the sweepings."
30 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Lionel Barrymore plays a man who builds a successful department store business and hopes to pass it on to his children. But they have grown up to want nothing to do with running the family business. Actually, they've grown up to be spoiled jerks! Barrymore is excellent in the kind of sympathetic fatherly role he was born to play. He's not playing a total hero here, though. His character mistreats a longtime employee played by Gregory Ratoff. It's actually a fascinating part of the film, particularly the scene where Barrymore belittles and subtly threatens the man solely out of spite because he feels hurt by his children.

Alan Dinehart is good as Barrymore's brother. The sons are played by William Gargan, George Meeker, and Eric Linden. They're all fine. Gloria Stuart, on loan from Universal, is very pretty but does nothing to impress as the daughter. This is at least in part because she's the daughter and her importance is diminished because, given the era it was made, the idea of a girl running the business wasn't even considered. Her character seems too flighty to have interest in it, anyway, but because she's left out of this part of the plot she's really given little to do. Cutie Helen Mack has a smaller part that has more meat on it.

A good drama from RKO, similar to many other dramas like this from the early to mid '30s. Usually about kids wanting something different than their parents and basically being disrespectful and unappreciative. A theme that resonates across generations I'm sure.


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