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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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Daniel Pardway
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Freddie Pardway
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Gene Pardway
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Thane Pardway (as Allan Dinehart)
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Abe Ullman
Helen Mack ...
Mamie Donahue
Lucien Littlefield ...
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Bert Pardway
Ninetta Sunderland ...
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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

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 »

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Silent Night
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Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Sung and played as background music at Christmas
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Early talkie is adult in story but flawed in technique...
2 July 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

SWEEPINGS is an early sound film directed by John Cromwell and starring LIONEL BARRYMORE as a man who builds an empire for his children, only to see it crumble when they show no interest in inheriting or running the department store business.

After a promising start, it begins to sag toward the last half-hour and shows its age with the primitive stage bound look of too many talky scenes. So much time is covered that all of the incidents had to be compressed in order to cover the wide span. An effective use of montages does show the director striving for more advanced techniques.

Someone else has mentioned Max Steiner's "full bodied score" but there is no such thing. Whatever underscoring there is, is kept to a minimum and the film has a tone that is more somber than dramatic because of the mostly silent music soundtrack.

As a character study of an ambitious man who becomes embittered by his situation, Barrymore is excellent and ERIC LINDEN is good as the son who admits he has no ambition. WILLIAM GARGAN, GEORGE MEEKER, GREGORY RATOFF and GLORIA STUART are just satisfactory in lesser roles.

Summing up: Overall effect is not as striking as it should have been, given that the story is really a timeless one.


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