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The Idle Rich (1929)

Passed | | Comedy | 15 June 1929 (USA)
Millionaire William van Luyn falls in love with his secretary Joan Thayer and marries her. Her family, part of "the great middle class" (as blowhard nephew Henry keeps reminding us), is ... See full summary »

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Edith Ellis (play), Edgar Franklin (adapted from the story: "Regular People" by) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Conrad Nagel ... William van Luyn
Bessie Love ... Helen Thayer
Leila Hyams ... Joan Thayer
Robert Ober ... Henry Thayer
James Neill ... Mr. Thayer
Edythe Chapman ... Mrs. Thayer
Paul Kruger ... Tom Gibney
Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson ... Frank Thayer
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Millionaire William van Luyn falls in love with his secretary Joan Thayer and marries her. Her family, part of "the great middle class" (as blowhard nephew Henry keeps reminding us), is happy for Joan, but reluctant to take charity from Will. He moves in with them, and they keep resisting, until one day he takes drastic action. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Wealth and position clash with poverty in a sterling talking feature drama made from the stage success, "White Collars" (Print Ad- Auckland Star,((Auckland, NZ)) 7 September 1929) See more »

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Comedy

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1929 (USA) See more »

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White Collars See more »

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Mono (Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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This title was included among the 700+ features packaged for television broadcast by MGM in 1956, but, because of its age and obscurity, it was seldom taken out of the can. Among its handful of documented telecasts, alert viewers could have caught it in Portland, Oregon Friday 8 August 1958 on KGW-TV (Channel 8) and in Johnstown, Pennsylvania Saturday 21 July 1962 on the Late Show on WJAC (Channel 6). Totay's vintage film enthusiasts have it easier. It's owned by Turner Classic Movies and occasionally let out for an airing on TCM. See more »

Connections

Version of Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938) See more »

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One of the finest of MGM's early talkies
17 June 2003 | by reelguy2See all my reviews

William DeMille, brother of Cecil, directed one of the finest of MGM's early talkies. Conrad Nagel plays a millionaire who marries his secretary and then sets out to change her middle-class family's bias against the upper class.

Although the film - based on a play - is confined to mainly one set, it never appears stagy, thanks to a good variety of camera setups and seamless editing. And the cast is uniformly excellent, with Nagel again proving why he was one of the most in-demand actors of the early talkies, with his strong speaking voice. The recorded sound is also very clear.

As far as I know, TCM has shown this gem only once, but it's high time they make it available again


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