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The Undesirable (1915)

A tolonc (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 January 2016 (USA)
Betty (Lili Berky, Duel For Nothing), a young woman living in the country, is told by her dying father that he is really her uncle and raised her as his own when her mother was sent to ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz (as Kertész Mihály)

Writers:

Jenö Janovics, Ede Tóth (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lili Berky ... Angyal Liszka
Victor Varconi ... Miklós (as Várkonyi Mihály)
Mari Jászai Mari Jászai ... Ördög Sára
Andor Szakács Andor Szakács ... Angyal Pál
Gyula Nagy Gyula Nagy ... Kontra Fridolin
Marcsa Simon Marcsa Simon ... Kontráné, Miklós anyja (as Mariska Simon)
István Szentgyörgyi István Szentgyörgyi ... Mrawcsák
Alajos Mészáros Alajos Mészáros ... Egy úr
Kató Berky Kató Berky ... Az úr felesége
Elemér Hetényi Elemér Hetényi ... Cselédközvetítõ
Zoltán Gálosi Zoltán Gálosi ... Ábris, inas (as István Gálosi)
Endre Kertész Endre Kertész ... Lõrinc, fiatal zsidó
Fülöp Erdõs Fülöp Erdõs ... Közvetítõ
Adorján Nagy Adorján Nagy ... Rendõrtiszt
Mihály Fekete Mihály Fekete ... Börtönigazgató
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Betty (Lili Berky, Duel For Nothing), a young woman living in the country, is told by her dying father that he is really her uncle and raised her as his own when her mother was sent to prison for killing her husband. Alone and not knowing her mother's fate, Betty travels to the city in search of work. There she finds employment as a maid in the house of a wealthy couple and their dashing son, Nick (Victor Varconi, For Whom The Bell Tolls), with whom she falls in love. When Betty is fired from her position after being unjustly accused of theft and escorted from the village, an ironic twist of fate propels the story forward with the sudden appearance of her mother Sarah (Mari Jászai, Bánk Bán) - presumed dead but recently released from prison - on a quest of her own to find her daughter. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

19 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Undesirable See more »

Filming Locations:

Cluj-Napoca, Romania See more »

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ProJa Filmgyár See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The undesirable one
4 August 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

On the outbreak of World War I, Mihali Kertesz briefly served in the artillery of the Austro-Hungarian Army, but he had returned to film-making by 1915.(wikipedia)

When the film industry was nationalized ,he left for Austria before beginning a brilliant career in America from 1926 on as Michael Curtiz.

Among a huge filmography,there are melodramas : "alias the doctor" or "cabin in the cotton" are good examples ,particularly the former.

"A Tolong " belongs to the tip of the iceberg of the director's Hungarian career ;it features all the recurrent features of the melodrama : a girl who learns her dad is not her dad and is forced to work as a servant of a bourgeois family;they have a handsome son ,and it's "love at first sight";but alas,jewels are stolen and she is accused of theft and her masters send her packing;in parallel,the poor maid's mother's story is told:she served a fifteen-year sentence and she is just released when her daughter is forced to earn her crust.

There's a curious aphorism in the lines : " a poor who is honest is never unhappy";but as the last pictures show,including a wedding in full regalia,in every cloud,there's a silver lining.

A future great director's prehistory.Might interest his fans.


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