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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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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
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Hal
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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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Doctor (scenes deleted)
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A family man. (Lionel Barrymore) becomes innocently involved in an embezzlement.

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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 »

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Peggy Turner: Oh, Janie Jane I hope you're going to be so happy.
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Features Another Language (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything I Have Is Yours
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played on piano and sung by Arthur Jarrett
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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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