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Personal Property (1937)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  19 March 1937 (USA)
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Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Clara, Crystal's Maid
Henrietta Crosman ...
Mrs. Cosgrove Dabney
E.E. Clive ...
Cora Witherspoon ...
Mrs. Burns
Marla Shelton ...
Forrester Harvey ...
Herbert Jenkins, Bailiff
Lionel Braham ...
Lord Carstairs
Barnett Parker ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melville Cooper ...
(scenes deleted)


Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is engaged to his brother. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 March 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Man in Possession  »

Box Office


$299,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original play opened in London on 22 January 1930, and on Broadway on 1 November 1930. See more »


After Ferguson serves drinks to the two at the piano, he leaves with three drinks on the tray, but then when he opens the kitchen door and sets the tray down on the table, their are only two drinks on the tray... See more »


Claude Dabney: Miss Briggs, how many years have you been making what for convenience I call my tea?
Miss Briggs: What's wrong with it this time, Mr. Dabney?
Claude Dabney: Why nothing... except that it tastes absolutely filthy.
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Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) See more »


The Wedding March
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the end
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Great Harlow Comedy
30 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Never viewed this Jean Harlow film where she stars as a widow with the name, Crystal Wetherby and Robert Taylor, (Raymond Dabney). Robert Dabney just comes home to his family after being in prison for six months for breaking the law and his brother and father are not pleased to see him come back home. Robert's mother is the only one who is happy to see her son and she wants to protect her son. The Dabney Family deals with ladies underwear and the business is not doing very well and Robert's brother wants to marry Crystal Wetherby for her money in order to save his business and he does not want anyone to know he had a brother who went to prison. It just so happens that Crystal is also broke and owes a large sum of money and she is being hounded by the bill collectors. Raymond Dabney is hired by a sheriff to collect the funds owed him and requires that Raymond stay in Crystal's home until the debt is paid. Crystal decides to have Raymond pose as her butler, but does not realize that Raymond is a Dabney and his brother wants to marry her. There is plenty of comedy and Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor burn up the silver screen together.

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