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Babbitt (1934)

 -  Drama  -  8 December 1934 (USA)
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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 ... 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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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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A Pair Of Jackpots
3 June 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

You know when a novel really hits the consciousness of the public when its very name becomes a noun. To be a Babbitt is to be your outstanding middle class citizen with avarice is your main trait and you must by all means maintain a veneer of respectability.

I'm sure that Guy Kibbee could have played the role had Warner Brothers written the film just as the novel was written by Sinclair Lewis. But seeing when it came out it was at the dawn of the Code. The Babbitt we see here is a typical Guy Kibbee part, a fatuous, but essentially good hearted soul. Kibbee is married to Aline McMahon and has two children (there were three in the Lewis novel)played by Glenn Boles and Maxine Doyle.

Kibbee gets himself in a pair of jackpots. First he gets involved with Claire Dodd who was in a typical Claire Dodd role as the other woman. It's all quite innocent, but she's going to make trouble. At the same time Kibbee who is a real estate salesman gets involved with a pair of schemers looking to benefit from some inside information one of them is a city commissioner (Russell Hicks) and the other a millionaire whose lifestyle Babbitt craves and is played by Walter Walker. The two potential scandals intertwine.

Since is a codified version of Babbitt the ending is a soft landing for Kibbee. How he does it you'll have to watch the film for, but let's say he's mighty glad he's married to Aline McMahon who gives the best performance in the film.

There is a silent version of Babbitt put out by Warner Brothers as well. It might be closer to what Sinclair Lewis was writing about. As entertainment this version isn't bad though.


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