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Dynamite (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 13 December 1929 (USA)
Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees ... See full summary »

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Jeanie Macpherson (by), John Howard Lawson (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Conrad Nagel ... Roger Towne
Kay Johnson ... Cynthia Crothers
Charles Bickford ... Hagon Derk
Julia Faye ... Marcia Towne
Joel McCrea ... Marco - Her Boy Friend
Muriel McCormac Muriel McCormac ... Katie Derk
Robert Edeson ... Wise Fool
William Holden William Holden ... Wise Fool
Henry Stockbridge Henry Stockbridge ... Wise Fool
Leslie Fenton ... Young 'Vulture'
Barton Hepburn Barton Hepburn ... Young 'Vulture'
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... The Life of the Party
Robert T. Haines Robert T. Haines ... The Judge
Douglas Scott ... Bobby (as Douglas Frazer Scott)
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... His Mother
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Storyline

Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees to a financial settlement. But Cynthia's wealth is in jeopardy because her trust fund will expire if she is not married by a certain date. To satisfy that condition, Cynthia arranges to marry Hagon Derk, who is condemned to die for a crime he didn't commit. She pays him so he can provide for his little sister. But at the last minute, Derk is freed when the true criminal is discovered. Expecting to be a rich widow, Cynthia finds herself married to a man she doesn't know and doesn't want to. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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Taglines:

She Denied Him Her Love, So He Took It! She Stole His Name, Tricked Him, Humbled Him and - in the end - Worshipped Him!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dynamit See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The first DeMille film to receive an Oscar nomination (Best Art Direction), although it was not an "official" one. The 2nd Academy Awards (1930) did not have announcements or certificates of nominations. According to the Academy, the "nominees" were "under consideration by the various boards of judges", but only the winners were revealed during the ceremony. The Sign of the Cross (1932) was the first DeMille film to receive an official Oscar nomination (Best Cinematography), and Cleopatra (1934) was the first to win an Oscar (Best Cinematography). See more »

Quotes

Hagon Derk: Ahhhh... bull!
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Crazy Credits

Film Title is shown as the word DYNAMITE written on a box of..... dynamite, after being set down by a worker. See more »

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Lyrics by Septimus Winner
(Published under the name Alice Hawthorne)
Sung a cappella by Tyler Brooke at the party
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Dynamite is Dynamite !
8 April 2004 | by httpmomSee all my reviews

I can't believe this was made in 1929! It would seem much later. 'Dynamite' was directed by Cecil B. DeMillle and featured Conrad Nagel, Kay Johnson, Charles Bickford, Julia Faye, and Joel McCrea.. Apparently it was DeMille's first talking picture!

I got lucky because they broadcast this on TCM the same week the classic movie channel premiered their recent biography 'Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004)', another TCM film worth watching. It is devoid of the usual colossal cast and the behemoth type epic drama associated with most DeMille movies but am I ever glad I stayed up late for this one...the sets and costuming were pure eye candy! And while it is more simplistic than movies we think of as DeMille classics there are some remarkable scenes in this film including a glass walled bathtub with bath salts as big as the coal chunks mined out of the heroines'temporary' husband's work place. I'll not quickly forget the women's 'aero wheels' event during the sporting day at the country club. Could this have even been the inspiration to the wacky Busby Berkeley extravaganzas that didn't appear for at least another four years after 'Dynamite'? The costumes in this movie are museum worthy. There's also tremendous amount of Deco decor which is discriminating and sublime as a period piece.

The plot premise is rather sappy...spoiled rich kid falls for poor coal miner who teaches her a lesson in reality...where haven't we all heard that story before... but it's easy to forgive some minor flaws with this picture because visually it's too damn delicious to forget. The acting was decent and at times even humorous, especially amongst the love triangle. This relationship was obliging liberated given the era. And oh...the parties!

I also appreciate the lushness of a truly dynamic black and white movie from someone who understood how color translates when it desaturates. If I saw this movie when it premiered I would have marked it an 8 1/2 on a scale of 10.


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