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Personal Property (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 March 1937 (USA)
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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Clara, Crystal's Maid
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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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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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19 March 1937 (USA)  »

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The Man in Possession  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television showings in Philadelphia Friday 22 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in New York City Saturday 6 July 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Los Angeles it was first telecast Thursday 15 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in San Francisco 12 April 1960 on Channel 7 (KGO-TV). See more »

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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 »

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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Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) See more »

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Aida
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
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Mildly amusing battle of the sexes between Harlow and Taylor...
20 April 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

What surprised me about PERSONAL PROPERTY is that Robert Taylor had such a good sense of humor that could have been used in more films of this type for him when he was starting out. Usually cast as a rather dour and stern looking type (and later, the heroic villain or bad guy with a gun), it's a pleasure to see him in this mild romantic comedy that passes the time pleasantly enough but is easily forgotten.

Jean Harlow co-stars with Taylor in what would be her last completed role for MGM. She seems a bit sluggish with her comeback remarks and somehow seems lacking the zest she usually showed in her romantic comedies with William Powell or Clark Gable. But she and Taylor make a handsome couple.

The silly story never quite comes off as convincing enough with a strange number of elements in the plotting that has Taylor pretending to be her butler while falling in love with her--although she seems to resist his charms from the start. While the predictable ending is never in doubt, it takes a bit of persuasion to believe his brother could be Reginald Owen.

Summing up: The thin plot moves rather sluggishly despite the brief running time but there are a few chuckles to get out of the whole thing. All in all, it's undistinguished from any viewpoint and a not too subtle jab at the idle rich.


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