MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 55,991 this week

The Most Precious Thing in Life (1934)

 -  5 June 1934 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 27 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

, (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 150 titles
created 18 Aug 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Most Precious Thing in Life (1934)

The Most Precious Thing in Life (1934) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Most Precious Thing in Life.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Non-citizen Arthur marries reporter Murphy for a bogus gangster's confession. A divorce is needed, and Murphy is fired. The gangster wants her to be his girlfriend, the police are outside, and only one who can save her is Murphy.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Jean Arthur, George Murphy, Douglass Dumbrille
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Directors: Harlan Thompson, Slavko Vorkapich
Stars: Helen MacKellar, Eric Linden, Jean Arthur
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Arthur Varney
Stars: Ernest Truex, Jean Arthur, Harry Davenport
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a rich young man marries, he lets the books and letters left him by his dead mother guide his life.

Director: Vin Moore
Stars: Betty Compson, Elliott Nugent, Jean Arthur
Certificate: Passed Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Walter Huston, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Cromwell ...
Chris Kelsey
...
Ellen Holmes, aka Biddy, Babe
Donald Cook ...
Bob Kelsey
...
Patty O'Day
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Kelsey
...
Mrs. O'Day
...
Gideon 'Gubby' Gerhart
...
Carter
...
Head Coach Smith
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

melodrama | mother love

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 June 1934 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
From beauty to the biddy.....
5 September 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Jean Arthur ages only 25 years but it looks more like 50 in this mother love story of a young innocent girl who weds the campus jock (Donald Cook) and after a brief unhappy marriage, is forced to give up rights to her son (Richard Cromwell) as an adult due to her husband's devotion to his imperious parents rather than to her. She becomes a caretaker to spoiled rich college kids at the very same college where she met Cook, and by chance, one of her charges turns out to be the son who believes her to be dead. She takes this opportunity to mother him, looking much older than her 40-something years thanks to no make-up (other than lines added around her eyes) and a granny (minus the tweety bird) hairdo. She is even directed to stoop so it makes it appear that she has a slight hump. It makes you wonder what has happened to her during those years for her to end up working as a "biddy" where her co-worker is played by the matronly Jane Darwell.

Ironically, Darwell's pretty daughter (Anita Louise) falls in love with Cromwell and after Arthur finds out, she is determined that what happened to her won't happen to her son and the young girl who is almost the spitting image of what she used to look like. Yet, Arthur retains her spunk, speaking up when Cromwell acts like a spoiled brat and later when Cook shows up for a visit. Of mother love stories, this is one of the weakest, and of the many leading ladies who allowed themselves to be aged from young heroine to old ladies over the years, Arthur's portrayal doesn't work simply because it is directed to look totally contrived. Better themes of this nature were Martha Scott ("Cheers For Miss Bishop"), Claudette Colbert ("Remember the Day"), Barbara Stanwyck ("The Great Man's Lady"), Greer Garson ("Mrs. Parkington"), Bette Davis ("Mr. Skeffington") and Jane Wyman ("The Blue Veil").

This has been released on DVD with a few other obscure Jean Arthur movies from her early Columbia years. I saw it years ago through a now defunct video company which specialized in public domain movies which for some reason were not picked up by the usual distributors of public domain movies. The print was faded and the sound iffy, so to see the great print that has been officially released shows even more how weak this one is compared to other similar movies. Arthur tries her hardest to create a real character, but I'm afraid that a truly poor script is what defeats her in the end.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Most Precious Thing in Life (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?