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The once-great Lorrimore family faces bankruptcy unless older son Brighton marries wealthy Edith Gilbert. When Brighton instead returns from a trip with his new wife Phyllis, she receives a cool reception from his family. Phyllis wants Brighton to pursue his dream of being a writer, but Mrs. Lorrimore sees to it that he gets a high-pressure job that he's totally incapable of handling. She also arranges for Phyllis to spend a lot of time with Brighton's boss in order to advance Brighton's career. Written by
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Miriam Hopkins continues to climb my list of favorite 30s actresses.... SPLENDOR is a terrific, hard-hitting drama about a once wealthy family of leaches who pin their hopes of son (Joel McCrea) marrying money. Instead, he marries penniless Hopkins.
To further McCrea's chances in business, the mother (Helen Westley) encourages Hopkins to be nice to wealthy cousin (Paul Cavanaugh). Hopkins also has to put up with sour sister (Katherine Alexander) and frivolous brother (David Niven) as they all leach off McCrea's newfound success.
But it all comes to a crash when the cousin will only keep McCrea on if Hopkins will sleep with him. Later, when she having great guilt the family offers to forgive her if only she will not tell McCrea. Crash! Hopkins is luminous. All the acting is terrific, especially Westley as the greedy matriarch who won't give up any single comfort. Billie Burke, Arthur Treacher, Ivan Simpson, Torben Meyer, and Ruth Weston (excellent as Edith) co-star.
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