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The World Accuses (1934)

 -  Drama  -  12 November 1934 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian Tobin ...
Lola Weymouth
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Tommy Weymouth
Cora Sue Collins ...
'Pat' Collins
Russell Hopton ...
Hugh Collins
Harold Huber ...
'Checkers' Fraley
Mary Carr ...
Mrs. Warren
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John Weymouth
Sarah Edwards ...
Lucille Weymouth
Robert Elliott ...
Lt. Ryan
Jameson Thomas ...
Jerome Rogers
Bryant Washburn ...
Attorney Barrett
Robert Frazer ...
Attorney Hopper
Broderick O'Farrell ...
Dr. Jarvis
Lloyd Ingraham ...
The Judge
Jane Keckley ...
Nora
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Nice Little Story
30 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has a bit of the quality of the many movies adapted from Saturday Evening Post or Collier's magazine short stores. It is tidy, neat, and well paced, with a satisfying resolution in a manner that makes such films (and stories) pleasing but not amazing.

Vivian Tobin did not make a lot of films, but she is quite charming here as Lola, a spunky Broadway actress who marries a wealthy but spineless socialite (Paul Fix). Unfortunately for Lola, her husband is under the complete domination of his wealthy and narcissistic mother (Sarah Edwards). The couple has a child, but then tragedy intervenes in the person of a psychopathic book-maker (Harold Huber) and a not-so-kindly judge (Lloyd Ingraham).

Suffice it to say that Lola's next five years are rough, but she manages to make a go of it, thanks to the help of a gentle older woman (Mary Carr) and her helper (the extremely tall Jane Keckley), a gregarious suitor (Russell Hopton), and a passel of young kids, including the boisterous pair played by Cora Sue Collins and Dickie Moore. And then, just when you thought this would become a tear-jerker of a "woman's movie," danger strikes, and it turns out that everybody has a gun, even poor downtrodden Lola! This is not the usual last reel wrap-up to the semi-Stella-Dallas set-up we've been watching up to that point.

To say any more would be essentially to spoil the film, for in a plot as economical and precise as this one, each scene leads to the next in a way that cannot be teased apart for examination without deconstructing the entire edifice.

I'm pretty sure that at 62 minutes, the print i saw had been chopped for television, and the cuts seem to have come at all the predictable character-building spots, but still, it's better to have seen it in this form than to have missed it altogether. It's a nice little first feature for a double-bill home-showing of old-time movies.


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