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Straight Is the Way (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 10 August 1934 (USA)
Just out of prison, Benny Horowitz tries to go straight. Things are complicated by his former girlfriend and his former gangster buddies.

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Just out of prison, Benny Horowitz tries to go straight. Things are complicated by his former girlfriend and his former gangster buddies.

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(1927). Stage Play: Four Walls. Written by Dana Burnet and George Abbott. Directed by George Abbott. John Golden Theatre: 19 Sep 1927- Jan 1928 (closing date unknown/144 performances). Cast: Suzanne Browne (as "Lizzie"), William Cox (as "Marty"), Lionel Dante (as "Paul") [Broadway debut], Peter Du Conge (as "Second Musician"), Bella Finkle (as "Bertha"), Jacob Frank (as "Mendel"), Jeanne Greene (as "Frieda"), Averell Harris (as "The Monk"), Steven Jones (as "Fourth Musician"), Edward Keane (as "Sullivan"), Eloise Keeler (as "Sally"), James C. Lane (as "Tom"), Clara Langsner (as "Mrs. Horowitz"), Jay Lindsey (as "Looey"), Gertrude Manfred (as "Gertie"), Sanford Meisner (as "Sid"), George Nicols (as "Third Musician"), Olga Nova (as "Stella"), William Pawley (as "Lefty"), Edwin Philips (as "Sammy"), Evelyn Platt (as "Rose"), William Smith (as "First Musician"), Lee Strasberg (as "Nick"), Charles Wagenheim (as "Herman"), Josephine Wehn (as "Mrs. Clampman"), Paul Muni [credited as Muni Wisenfrend] (as "Benny Horowitz"), George Wright Jr. (as "Jake"). Produced by John Golden. Note: Filmed by MGM as Four Walls (1928) and again by MGM as Straight Is the Way (1934). See more »

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A Hundred Years from Today
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Joe Young and Ned Washington
Played on a radio and sung by an unidentified man
Played also on a record and often as background music
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Mama Lights the Sabbath Candles
19 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

STRAIGHT IS THE WAY is an unusual "B" film from MGM with a major cast. Franchot Tone stars as Benny, a Jewish young man just released from prison after serving five years. His elderly, frail mother May Robson prays that he will turn his life around and avoid his criminal associates. While he was away she has taken in Bertha (Karen Morley) the daughter of a now deceased neighbor who is now a grown young woman. Bertha has long pined for Benny, feelings that are increased now that he is back. Benny promises his mother he will go "straight" but his old gangster buddies are trying to pull him back. And his old gun moll Gladys George wants him back too despite her dangerous liaison with another gangster, jealous Jack LaRue. The movie is actually closer to a soap opera than a gangster picture, however.

This little movie runs just a minute under an hour, telling it's limited story swiftly and Franchot Tone, Karen Morley, and May Robson each have some very good and at times moving scenes. The very dapper Tone may be an improbable actor to play a petty thief but he gives a good performance. Likewise beautiful, refined Morley seems a bit too elegant to play a girl this poor but she's quite wonderful as a reserved young woman with an unrequited love. The always wonderful Miss Robson plays one of her most gentle roles as the loving, long-suffering mother and Jack LaRue, Gladys George, and Nat Pendleton are very good as well. Actors like these are always entertaining to watch even in slender material.


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