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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:
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Martin Turner
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Francene Turner
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Jane Turner
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Seth Turner
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Birdie
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Walter
Henry Wadsworth ...
Hal
Edward J. Nugent ...
Vance (as Eddie Nugent)
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William Barnes
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Freddie
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Flower Girl (scenes deleted) (as Dawn O'Day)
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Paul Stanton ...
Doctor (scenes deleted)
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A family man. (Lionel Barrymore) becomes innocently involved in an embezzlement.

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Drama | Romance

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2 February 1934 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Francene Turner: [Talking on the phone] Oh Birdie, did Seth put on his heavier underwear this morning, as I told him to? Well, that's good, I was afraid he wouldn't. He fusses so. Oh, he always says it itches.
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References Viva Villa! (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculi, Funicula
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Luigi Denza
Played in the restaurant as part of a medley of Italian songs
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Barrymore at his modest best
18 September 2013 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Lionel Barrymore often drives me nuts--the same gestures and vocal inflections, playing so many similar roles so similarly. But in this little MGM soap opera, playing a good family man caught up in a potentially devastating financial crisis at work (it's almost like a warmup for "It's a Wonderful Life," with him as George instead of Potter), he's quiet and unhammy and very moving. He's well supported by a similarly restrained Fay Bainter as his wife, and the whole family is convincing--Mae Clarke as the sensible daughter, Tom Powers as the status-conscious son, Una Merkel as the gossipy maid. No surprises, and the plot is resolved by a deus ex machina one doesn't believe for a minute, but it's a simple story well told. And it shows how good Lionel could be when he held back; he's just as good the following year in "Ah, Wilderness!", in a not-that-different part.


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