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You Can't Buy Everything (1934)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  26 January 1934 (USA)
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Hannah is so tight with her money that she takes her son, Donnie, to the charity ward a week after he hurts his leg. But she has always hoarded her money since her late husband wasted most ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Hannah Bell
Elizabeth 'Beth' Burton Bell
Lewis Stone ...
John Burton
Mary Forbes ...
Kate Farley
Reginald Mason ...
Dr. Lorimer
Donny 'Don' Bell as a man
Tad Alexander ...
Donny Bell as a boy
Walter Walker ...
Josiah Flagg
Reginald Barlow ...
Mr. Tom Sparks
Claude Gillingwater ...
Banker Asa Cabot


Hannah is so tight with her money that she takes her son, Donnie, to the charity ward a week after he hurts his leg. But she has always hoarded her money since her late husband wasted most of it and now she plans to save it for Donnie. But when Donnie graduates from Princeton, he does not want to go into banking at Hannah's bank, he wants to be a writer, which upsets Hannah. But the greatest blow of all comes when Donnie meets the daughter of the man who jilted Hannah 30 years before. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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"Lady for a Day" Becomes QUEEN OF WALL STREET


Drama | Romance







Release Date:

26 January 1934 (USA)  »

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You Can't Buy Everything  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Minerva Urecal (Maid), Eric Wilton and Sherry Hall (Bank teller). Robert Young was announced as a cast member, but he also did not appear. See more »


[last lines]
Mrs. Hannah Bell: Whose pneumonia is this? Yours or mine?
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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played offscreen by an organ after the wedding
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Building mystery romance
2 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the surface, this appears to be the story of Hannah, a female Scrooge, based on a true person.

It's really the story of Kate and the doctor, as they see the events unravel before their eyes.

That is good, because Kate and the doctor are the characters we can identify with. We study the mystery of Hannah's hate with them.

So it isn't important what the facts of Hannah's life are, and why she lets her hatred destroy her relationship with her only child, the only person she cares for.

What is important is that this is the story of Kate and the doctor trying to learn why Hannah has this hate, because they are interested in free health and dental clinics. That's why they are the true main characters here. Much as Hawkeye Pierce, Bronco Lane, and the Virginian are the main characters in their TV shows, this is a movie in which the main characters are the sane observers, representing the "Everyman" while the story revolves around a "guest star" with issues.

Hannah definitely has "issues". The film does a good job of developing the story, and giving us the romance angle of her son and the daughter of the man she hates.

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