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This Side of Heaven (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 February 1934 (USA)
A family man. (Lionel Barrymore) becomes innocently involved in an embezzlement.



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Complete credited cast:
Martin Turner
Francene Turner
Jane Turner
Seth Turner
Henry Wadsworth ...
Edward J. Nugent ...
Vance (as Eddie Nugent)
William Barnes
Flower Girl (scenes deleted) (as Dawn O'Day)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Stanton ...
Doctor (scenes deleted)


A family man. (Lionel Barrymore) becomes innocently involved in an embezzlement.

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

2 February 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Família  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scenes from the film Another Language (1933) is shown in the movie theater that Hal and Peggy attend, but the AFI Catalogue reports that these are probably outtakes. See more »


Peggy Turner: You'll take me Mother, won't you?
Francene Turner: And miss this year in college?
Peggy Turner: Oh, I could learn a lot out in Hollywood.
Seth Turner: I'll say you could.
Peggy Turner: Oh, dry up!
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Features Another Language (1933) See more »


Funiculi, Funicula
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Luigi Denza
Played in the restaurant as part of a medley of Italian songs
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A Family Crisis
14 August 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The mother of three young adults, first time novelist Fay Bainter (as Francene E. Turner) has just sold her story to a Hollywood studio. Citing his mom as a famous writer, handsome son Tom Brown (as Seth) hopes to join a college fraternity. Eldest daughter Mae Clarke (as Jane) is a young schoolteacher courted by newspaperman Eddie Nugent (as Vance Patterson), although she plans to marry auditor Onslow Stevens (as Walter Hamilton). Youngest daughter Mary Carlisle (as Peggy) is old enough to go out to the movies with date Henry Wadsworth (as Hal Jennings), and think about eloping...

The excitement and happiness in the family is threatened when father Lionel Barrymore (as Martin Turner) is accused of embezzlement. To prevent both scandal and financial ruin awaiting his family, Mr. Barrymore decides to take drastic action...

This story starts out slow and builds, due to a good cast presented nicely by director William K. Howard. In her search for an ice pick, comic relief maid Una Merkel (as Birdie) manages to be more amusing than annoying. Likewise the stereotypical interior decorator Bobby Watson (as Mr. Worthington) who agrees drapes are "too gay." There is especially fine work from Barrymore, who can sometimes upstage his co-stars. Handing their dramatics especially well are Ms. Bainter and Mr. Brown, who are good with and without Barrymore sharing the screen. This was the first film for Bainter, a stage veteran.

******* This Side of Heaven (2/2/34) William K. Howard ~ Lionel Barrymore, Fay Bainter, Tom Brown, Mae Clarke

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