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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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

Mrs. Burns: Catherine, dear, just where did we see "Ferguson" before? His face is so familiar.
Catherine Burns: Not to me it isn't.
Mrs. Burns: You never have any memory for faces.
Raymond Dabney: Could it have been in Cairo, Madam?
Mrs. Burns: Yes, of course, that's it. Cairo.
Catherine Burns: Just a minute, Mother, you've never been to Cairo.
Mrs. Burns: Oh, haven't I? I thought I had.
Raymond Dabney: Well, now that I think of it, I've never been to Cairo myself, Madam.
Mrs. Burns: That's funny. Have you ever been to Cairo, dear.
Catherine Burns: Not that I can remember, I haven't.
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Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) See more »

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The Wedding March
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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It's a shame
29 January 2008 | by (Arlington, VA) – See all my reviews

Too bad the Hays Code prevented this remake of "The Man in Possession" (1931) from being as saucy as the original, especially because there is some nice sexual tension between Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor here. Then, too, this version seems a bit padded, as if the writers or director decided that the film required more characters, more elaborate sets, more dialogue (sometimes funny, sometimes rather unnecessary) and a slightly more convoluted plot. Somehow it just doesn't gel.

Interestingly, two actors who appeared in MGM's 1931 version play their roles again here: Reginald Owen as the gold-digging prospective bridegroom and brother Claude, and Forrester Harvey as the bailiff. I definitely enjoyed the sexiness of the Robert Montgomery-Irene Purcell version much more, however--see that one, if you can.


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