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Cast overview:
Creighton Hale ...
Harvey Baremore
Virginia Brown Faire ...
Druid Baremore
Lloyd Whitlock ...
John Kimball
Florence Dudley ...
Fred Walton ...
M. Fanchon
Carlton S. King ...
The Irate Husband (as Carlton King)


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1 October 1928 (USA)  »

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A Casa da Vergonha  »

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Miss Crabtree's Brother at His Worst!
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Creighton Hale was in a bunch of silent movies, but I remember him best as the man who played Miss Crabtree's brother in an early 1930's Our Gang. (Miss Crabtree was the Gang's teacher).

In this movie, he plays a husband who's gone wrong! He actually, and I'm not making this up, sells his wife to his boss! It's not for her to be his slave and obey his every command, but for sex! He had a marvelous speaking voice, but it would not have been worthy of him in this movie! It would have been a sniveling, kind of nasal tone.

Virginia Brown Faire! This movie gets an "5" because she doesn't go through with "it". It would be lower, because this really isn't that good a movie, but I give it a "5" because Virginia doesn't go through with it. I shudder to think how a movie in this day and age would have played out with this kind of plot! We see what kind of contemptible person Creighton is early on. He won't pay for his wife to have a pretty new dress, but he will buy a rather expensive necklace for Doris, who he wants to...bed. (Ick!) It doesn't stop there. He throws a party, not expecting for his wife to be there, in which the name of every woman at the party is put on a pool ball and the name on the ball you sink is who you get for the night. (Sort of a precursor to key parties...) Doris walks in and not too long after that, the gendarmes show up. Creighton thinks that the police are there to arrest him and he begs Virginia to go to his boss on his behalf. Virginia agrees to.

So she goes to his boss, played by Frank Whillock to negotiate her husband not being sent to where he frankly belongs, jail! Frank wastes no time telling him that he would forget the charges against her husband if she would go to bed with him.

Eventually, Virginia learns that she had been sold to Frank. Frank, unlike Creighton, has a good side. He's the one that tells Virginia about it all. Virginia then drives back to the home she shares with Creighton.

She overhears Creighton, who arrives later, on the phone telling Doris to come on over, that he has the money ($50,000) so that they can go away and do what they want in their own love nest.

Virginia comes out, compliments him on his coup and asks about the money, being as seductive as she can (which really wasn't much). She gets the check away from him and lets him have it (verbally).

Not too long after that, Doris shows up. She expresses surprise at Virginia being there. Virginia then tells her what's going on and tells Doris she is welcome to her husband. Doris says "Not without his fortune!" and leaves.

For some reason, which is why I don't think this isn't that good a movie, she falls for Frank, the guy who paid for her! Virginia, you don't deserve a Santa Claus!

Really, without Virginia saying "no", this is a "2" at most. Don't waste you time with this.

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