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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?


Paul Stanton (Doctor) and Anne Shirley (Flower Girl) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but are never seen. Shirley (on the books as Dawn O'Day) is out of frame in her scene. See more »


Peggy Turner: Where's mother?
Martin Turner: She had an appointment with those picture people.
Peggy Turner: Oh, maybe they'll send her to Hollywood and I'll make her take me with her so I can meet Clark Gable! Oh, but no such luck. Nothing ever happens in this family.
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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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Schmaltz with class
17 July 2013 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Compelling hokum. Lionel Barrymore, in a variation of his trod-upon tycoon from "Dinner at Eight," plays the doting, selfless head of an insensitive, selfish family. Wife Fay Bainter, having just sold a novel to the movies, is on a spending spree before heading to Hollywood; son Tom Brown has his heart set on joining a college fraternity; elder daughter Mae Clark is torn between two lovers; dithery sister Mary Carlisle has thoughts of eloping with her nitwit boyfriend.

Meanwhile, Barrymore is facing scandal and prison on a trumped-up embezzlement charge, a crisis he withholds from his self-absorbed brood. Will the family rally to his side before he ends it all in suicide?

The film is so cunningly constructed that we squirm in suspense in spite of our conviction that all must end well. It's the kind of skillful schmaltz that leaves you feeling at once satisfied and foolish. With Una Merkel as a knuckleheaded maid, saving Louise Beavers and Hattie MacDaniel the indignity of demeaning themselves.

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