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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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Cast

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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 ...
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Melville Cooper ...
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Storyline

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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19 March 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Man in Possession  »

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Budget:

$299,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Crystal comes down the stairs she has a black silk handkerchief in her hand. She then kneels on the side of the sofa and starts talking to someone with the black handkerchief still in her hand. After the end of the talk she tosses the black handkerchief away and it falls to the floor. Then when the camera cuts back to her it's back in her hand again. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in The King Without a Crown (1937) See more »

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Aida
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Excerpts played and sung at the opera
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A certain ring of truth
1 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jean Harlow received a ring from beau William Powell when this film was in production. She wears it at nearly every turn, except during the dish washing scene.

Miss Harlow's wearing of the ring and incorporating it into the actions of the character she's playing seems very significant. It's a personal validation of who she is and what she's worth.

There is a moment where Robert Taylor asks her in the film about her plans to marry, and it is clear that when replying, Harlow is not the character in the story, but her real self, commenting on her own plans to marry Powell. Unfortunately, that did not happen, but we know that she had been given not only a ring, but the gift of real love. And it's great to watch that in this film.


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