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Jalna (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 9 August 1935 (USA)


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Complete credited cast:
Theodore Newton ...
Halliwell Hobbes ...
George Offerman Jr. ...
Clifford Severn ...
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Rags, the Butler-Chauffeur


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Drama | Romance


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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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George Offerman, Jr. replaced Junior Durkin in this film after Durkin was killed in a car wreck. Jackie Coogan's father was also killed in the wreck. See more »


Version of The Whiteoaks of Jalna (1972) See more »


Ring Merrily Bells Ding Dong
Composer unknown
Played on piano by C. Aubrey Smith
Sung by the Whiteoaks family at Christmas
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A Neglected Drama of Canadian Life
8 March 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

The grand old house stands on an extensive estate, for generations home to the Whiteoaks, prosperous Canadian farmers. Ruled by a sharp-tongued but benevolent matriarch, life flows on much as it always has, evenly & predictably. But when two brides are brought home on the same day, passions are unleashed that will bring heartbreak, despair & death, right to the very core of JALNA.

Based on a Canadian bestseller, this unpretentious film has been unfortunately ignored. Filled with both charm & good acting, it rewards thoughtful viewing.

All of the performers do a fine job: Ian Hunter as the brother too busy running the farm to have a life of his own; David Manners, in arguably his finest role, charming & self-centered as the brother with a poetic bent; Theodore Newton, blunt & passionate, as the brother determined to find love; sister Peggy Wood, jilted by hearty neighbor Nigel Bruce, suffering noisily for twenty years; Sir C. Aubrey Smith & Halliwell Hobbes as the old bachelor uncles; Jessie Ralph, as the peppery 99-year old grandmother, wise with age; and Kay Johnson, compassionate & sensible, as the American newcomer who marries into the family.

Notice the interesting way the film introduces the characters in the first scene, by panning around the supper table & labeling each actor.

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