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That Certain Thing (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 January 1928 (USA)
Molly Kelly wants to marry a millionaire. When she runs into Andy Charles, heir to a restaurant fortune, she jumps at the chance and marries him. Andy's father if furious and disinherits ... See full summary »

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... Molly Kelly
... Andy B. Charles, Jr.
... A.B. Charles, Sr.
Aggie Herring ... Maggie Kelly
... Secretary Brooks
Syd Crossley ... Valet
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Molly Kelly wants to marry a millionaire. When she runs into Andy Charles, heir to a restaurant fortune, she jumps at the chance and marries him. Andy's father if furious and disinherits them. Andy tries his hand at ditch digging to support his wife, but that doesn't work out. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Cómo se corta el jamón  »

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This film marked the first of many clashes Capra had with Columbia studio boss Harry Cohn. He was not given the amount of extras he felt he needed for a restaurant scene and stormed into Cohn's office. He got the number of extras he wanted. See more »

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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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Viola Dana's Romantic Comedy
1 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

That Certain Thing is the story of a gold digger (Viola Dana) from a tenement house. Her mother uses her to take care of her two brothers, but they are a loving family. Although Dana's character has the opportunity to marry a streetcar conductor, she refuses and holds out for a millionaire. Everyone makes fun of her for her fantasy, but are surprised when one day she really does meet a millionaire, son of the owner of the popular ABC restaurant chain. The two marry hastily, but the girl's dreams of wealth are shattered when the rich father disowns his son for marrying a gold digger. However, she truly loves her new husband and the two are unexpectedly successful at making it on their own.

A rare glimpse of movie star Viola Dana, this film is a lot of fun. Dana's role is accessible, natural, and entertaining. She displays a knack for comedy as well as an ability to do drama.

The mechanics of the film are a lot of fun too. The camera displays sophisticated late silent techniques like mobility. The title cards are also incredibly clever.

If you like films like My Best Girl, It, or The Patsy, you will enjoy this film.


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