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 ...
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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
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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 »
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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