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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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(Turner library print)

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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

Agnes: You never trusted me. You never even really bothered to know me.
Joe Martin: I know you're made out of perfume and whipped cream. You haven't got any heart. You've got a little pile of broken glass where your heart ought to be.
Agnes: You make up things about me. You have every part of me in a card index, haven't you? The wax face, the jewels. But, that's not me. You're too selfish to see the real me.
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Little White Lies
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Donaldson
Played as background music in a bar
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Success, thou glittering bauble
12 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. I believe is remembered today as an extremely attractive and sophisticated older man. In truth, he was a wonderful, underrated actor who distinguished himself in films beginning in 1916 and ending in 1989.

Like John Barrymore, Fairbanks Jr.'s performances hold up well today. He had an acting technique that does not come off now as hammy or melodramatic (Barrymore was only melodramatic when the part called for it, as in Twentieth Century).

In "Success at Any Price," he plays Joe, a young man who came from a bad neighborhood, where his brother was shot and killed in 1927.

Joe wants to be in a legitimate business and make a lot of money. However, he's not a member of any old boys' network unless you want to count Murder Inc., and he has no real education.

His girlfriend Sarah (Colleen Moore) gets him hired at the advertising agency where she works. Of course, since he's a young man in a hurry, he forgets that you at least should be polite, which he is not.

Eventually as he moves up, he throws Sarah over because he wants his boss' (Frank Morgan) girlfriend, the shallow and greedy Agnes (Genevieve Tobin). This proves an unfortunate mistake, like a few other of his desires.

Good movie with brisk direction and good performances. This was silent film great Colleen Moore's second to last film. She was about 33 here, three years past the sell date for women in Hollywood. She retired, lived until she was 88 and was very successful writing about investing, which she had done very well on her $12,500 a week salary in the '20s -- equivalent to nearly $170,000 a week today.

Genevieve Tobin was the same age as Moore and lived into her '90s - and they were both 10 years older than Fairbanks and looked it. I wonder what the rationale was behind their casting, though they were both good.

Fairbanks is always worth seeing, so I enjoyed this film.


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