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Great God Gold (1935)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  15 April 1935 (USA)
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Greed, ambition and hunger-for-power drive John Hart, a New-York-City stock-market broker, into crooked dealings and deception, but he doesn't realize that those he ruined will seek ... See full summary »

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Greed, ambition and hunger-for-power drive John Hart, a New-York-City stock-market broker, into crooked dealings and deception, but he doesn't realize that those he ruined will seek vengeance. He meets his match and downfall when his path crosses with a reporter, Phil Stuart; a girl, Marcia Harper, and a man-with-a-gun from a family he ruined. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Lust for cash and women moves men to kill!

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Good Acting and Writing Saves Depression Era Corruption Tale
18 April 2013 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

When you see Monogram's opening logo, you can be pretty sure of two things: Production values are going to look like they cost $1.98 and the movie is probably going be just over an hour long. This movie doesn't surprise as the production values are pretty much a couple of desks and a few chairs in grey offices and it runs about 71 minutes.

However, it is a surprisingly interesting little melodrama and Sidney Blackmer and Martha Sleeper do a very nice job of making us care for their characters. John Hart (Blackmer) seems like a very nice guy at first. He's a bit dull, but with a kind face. He inadvertently helps to create the 1928 stock market crash by agreeing with newspaper man Phil Stuart's (Regis Toomey) observation that stocks are overvalued. He only goes along with Stuart because he loses a bet on a coin toss. The way Blackmer makes his important decisions with a coin toss probably paved the way for Carey Grant's brilliant work in "Mr. Lucky." His wayward character also tosses a coin for decisions in that movie. A coin toss gets Blackmer involved in a shady financial scheme. His involvement with criminal lawyers turns out to be a very surprising plot development in the film.

Also surprising is his relationship or non-relationship with heroine Marcia Harper (Martha Sleeper). Hart's shady deals causes the demise of Marcia's father. The rest of the film follows Marcia's relentless attempt to seek justice.

Martha plays the character with a deep and cold seriousness. It is really impressive. She had done 80 films over 10 years before this, mostly silent comedy shorts. Sadly, she only did three or four more films after this. It is surprising that nobody picked up on how good an actress she was from this film. She really looks like an outraged woman out to avenge her father's death.

The newspaperman Phil Stuart provides some nice comic relief. His specialty is alliterative newspaper headlines. For this movie, one of his headlines could have read, "Depression Double Dealing Dance Doesn't Disappoint"

For anybody who wants to see a perfectly good melodrama about the Great Depression made in 1935, I would recommend it.


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