In self-made becoming the third wealthiest merchant in the world through a five-and-dime empire, John Rarick, from a humble background, moves his family - wife Jenny, and young adult offspring Jennifer and Avery - from their happy home in Kansas City to New York City. In his quest for more and more money, John ends up neglecting the family without realizing it. Lonely, Jenny ends up embarking on an affair. Jennifer is shunned by the old money social class in being nouveau riche, especially with the money coming from something as sordid as a five-and-dime business. Jennifer tries to buy her way in wanting to make friends with these people. The one person who does notice Jennifer in a romantic sense is up and coming architect Berry Rhodes, who is already engaged to Muriel Preston, a childhood friend who is the chief person keeping Jennifer out of their social circle. Trying to buy her way in may not sit well with any of them if they do find out, especially Berry in wanting their love to...Written by
The scene where the camera pans up the side of the skyscraper, supposedly that of the Rarick Building, it's actually the Empire State Building. See more »
At the end of the film, the ship the Raricks are depicted as sailing on is shown as two different liners - the first with two funnels and the second and last one with three. See more »
Well, if I must be a hero, give me a little help, will you. Take some of these arms away from me. For heaven's sake, put some clothes on, I won't look. Well, this is a nice state of affairs. First of all you make me into a laborer and then you turn me into a gentleman. If this gets out, my reputations ruined.
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The main title lists the film's name in all lower-case letters: "five and ten". See more »
About a family that is both amazingly rich and amazingly poor at the same time.
This is yet another Davies films with inexplicably high ratings. What I mean by this is that it appears as if a group of people have gone onto IMDb and deliberately over-inflated the scores on all of Marion Davies' films--giving 10s to EVERYTHING--even her worst films. No one is THAT good that they always deserve a 10--but here, 49% of those rating the film give it a 10. By comparison, "Gone With the Wind" and "Casablanca" have only 34 and 38% 10s!! Are these folks seriously trying to tell us that just about every film Marion Davies made are better than these classics?! So my advice with her films is to ignore the IMDb ratings and just see the films for yourself--some of her films were wonderful (such as "Show People"), some awful ("Cain and Mabel" comes to mind )and many were somewhere in between--just like it would be for most actresses.
John Rarick has created a hugely successful chain of five and ten cent stores--enabling his family to live in great luxury. However, this money does not make them happy. His wife runs around behind his back with other men, his son is slowly slipping into alcoholism and depression and, finally, his daughter (Davies) is trying too hard to fit in to society--and is laughed at by her new 'friends'. The main focus in this film is on the daughter--and her unhealthy relationship with a rich young architect (Leslie Howard).
Of all the characters in the film, Avery (Douglass Montgomery) is the most interesting. Unlike his sister, mother and father, he sees tragedy coming to his family. And, when he tries to tell his father, he can't even get this workaholic to listen to him. The film is a nice showcase for him and his story is quite touching--and, although it's a small role compared to Davies', he steals the show. Despite this, his career never really took off. Perhaps it was due to his good looks--he was amazingly pretty and not the conventional tough leading man type.
Overall, a very good film that is well worth your time. However, be aware that Davies' and Howard's portion of the film is probably the weakest. It isn't bad but its resolution seemed bizarre--and never would have occurred in a Post-Code film.
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