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Success at Any Price (1934)

Passed | | Drama | 16 March 1934 (USA)
Joe comes from a rough neighborhood and when his brother Mike is gunned down in 1927, he decides to go into legitimate business. He wants to make a lot of money and fast so he is ambitious ... See full summary »

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Joe comes from a rough neighborhood and when his brother Mike is gunned down in 1927, he decides to go into legitimate business. He wants to make a lot of money and fast so he is ambitious and rude. He wants what he cannot have and that includes Aggie who is the gal pal of Merritt, his boss. He works his way up the ladder and finds that all the money and all the crooked deals will not buy happiness. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The play, "Success Story," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 26 September 1932 and closed in January 1933 after 121 performances. The opening night cast included Stella Adler as Sarah, Franchot Tone as Raymond, Luther Adler and Morris Carnovsky. See more »

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Allen Vincent's character name was spelled "Geoffrey" in the credits but was "Jeffrey" on his office door. See more »

Quotes

Dinah: Oh, Mr. Martin, Mr. Fisher's been asking for you. He says you take too long for lunch.
Joe Martin: Why don't you tell him to boil his head for a cabbage.
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Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

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Little White Lies
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Donaldson
Played as background music in a bar
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YES, that is Colleen Moore!!!
2 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Typical rags too riches tale with Man and Women from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make it BIG in N.Y.C. Joe Martin (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) and Sarah Griswold (Colleen Moore) climb the corporate ladder by two (2) separate routes. SARAH works her way up the secretarial pool becoming personal assistant too the boss Raymond Merritt (Frank Morgan), who spends his free time with his main squeeze Agnes Carter (Genevieve Tobin).

Hard driving JOE may lack sophistication but has a ruthless drive and will too win that his College breed competitors cannot match. He sets his eye on not only on taking over the company from MERRITT but also AGNES. He succeeds in both but loses SARAH in the shuffle and he drives AGNES away. Only at the end does he realize the error of his ways and is reunited with SARAH, nuff said.

I watched this film because it stared fourth billed Colleen Moore. Five (5) years earlier Ms. Moore was the toast of Hollywood and one of the highest paid stars of 'Tinsel-Town'. She is barely recognizable here, looking closer to '55' then the '35' she was. The elfin sprite that delighted audiences in the 20's looked more like a middle-aged house-wife. Ms. Moore would make one more movie then retire, THE SCARLETT LETTER (1934).

Unlike some of her contemporaries Ms. Moore though had a bonus talent. She was REALLY good with her money and built a considerable fortune and enjoyed a very comfortable retirement. Those with a interest can see her doll house 'The Enchanted Castle' at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago. It is worth seeing, just as her silent pictures are.


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