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Babbitt (1934)

Middle aged George F. Babbitt is a leading citizen in the town of Zenith, the fastest growing community in America according to its town sign. George is a large part of that growth as a ... See full summary »

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Middle aged George F. Babbitt is a leading citizen in the town of Zenith, the fastest growing community in America according to its town sign. George is a large part of that growth as a property developer and realtor. He is lovingly married to his wife Myra, the two who have two children, Ted and Verona who are approaching adulthood. George has always had a fearless attitude, much like that of a naive child, which has led to his business success. He encounters some personal stresses when he faces what he believes is a potential home-wrecking issue, and when his oldest friend Paul and his wife Zilla deal with domestic problems. These stresses make George want to provide even more to his own family, leading to George agreeing to participate in a less than scrupulous but lucrative business dealing. George's bravura gets him into a potential scandal. This situation makes him question his general behavior, especially toward his family. Written by Huggo

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The $10,000 in blackmail would equal over $180,000 in 2016. See more »

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At the beginning of the film at the breakfast table, when the toast pops out of the toaster and startles the maid, the bread is white in close-up. Then in the next long shot Mrs. Babbitt takes the toast out of the toaster and it's burnt black. See more »

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George F. Babbitt: Come, Zill. What you need to do is get your feet hot and your head cool.
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Version of Babbitt (1924) See more »

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Better Than Its Reputation
2 August 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This version of BABBIT has long had the reputation of being a soft adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' often savage novel, but, while not perfect, it does manage to hold to its core. It has a fine cast, headed by Guy Kibbee, who plays his usual amiable, corrupt dolt -- look at his turn as the governor in Capra's MISTER SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON. Here, playing a genially corrupt businessman with a roving eye and a taste for bootleg booze, he is perfect, led by other business types like Alan Hale, Berton Churchill and Minor Watson into a typical piece of graft, blackmail and depression. The novel is much better, but this is a good, if mainstream version.

As a note, Lewis' Zenith was modeled on Minneapolis, which was nicknamed 'The Zenith City' in the beginning of the 20th century. Lewis, who grew up in Minnesota and developed a hatred for the fatuousness of middle class life in the era made this and ELMER GANTRY, his take on the corruption of revivalism -- and which was made into a much tougher and better film in 1960 -- his deservedly best known works.


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