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Five and Ten (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 13 June 1931 (USA)
After her businessman father moves her family from Kansas City to New York, a woman falls in love with an engaged man.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)

Writers:

Fannie Hurst (from the book by), Edith Fitzgerald (dialogue continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Jennifer Rarick
Leslie Howard ... Berry Rhodes
Richard Bennett ... John Rarick
Irene Rich ... Jenny Rarick
Douglass Montgomery ... Avery Rarick (as Kent Douglass)
Mary Duncan ... Muriel Preston
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Storyline

John owns the largest chain of five and ten cent stores in the country. He moves his family to New York from Kansas City and their life, though grand, is falling apart due to his constant working. Wife and mother Jenny is lonely. Son Avery hates his job. Daughter Jennifer is snubbed by classmate Muriel and her friends. At a charity bazaar, Jennifer meets Berry and sparks are evident. However, he is engaged to Muriel and Muriel will make sure that she, and only she, marries Berry. After the marriage, Berry still thinks of Jennifer as Jennifer thinks of Berry. Avery laments about the state of his family since they were happy in Kansas City. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daughter of Luxury See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The "tower" that Rarick is building is a reference to the Woolworth Building, which between 1913 and 1930 was the tallest building in the world. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: There's somebody here, isn't there?
Jennifer Rarick: Well, there must be!
Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: If there isn't, we're in a pickle!
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Crazy Credits

The main title lists the film's name in all lower-case letters: "five and ten". See more »

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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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What Wealth Does
13 July 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After moving to New York City from Kansas, five-and-ten cent store heiress Marion Davies (as Jennifer Rarick) enters high society in style. Attending a charity event with her $5,000 donation from daddy, Ms. Davies is smitten with attractive architect Leslie Howard (as Bertram "Berry" Rhodes). But he is engaged to Mary Duncan (as Muriel Preston). While Davies decides to pursue Mr. Howard to the alter - even if it isn't her own - the rest of her family is falling apart. Strictly business-minded father Richard Bennett (as John G. Rarick) neglects wife Irene Rich (as Jenny). She sees more of gigolo Theodore von Eltz (as Ramon). And, nobody notices brother Kent Douglass Montgomery (as Avery Rarick) may headed for an emotional break-down...

Davies produced "Five and Ten" with director Robert Z. Leonard and, given the MGM team, delivers quality product. A bigger box office star than acknowledged during the "silent" 1920s, Davies was still popular, but not enough to cover production costs. Howard had enough star-quality to carry a film on his own, even this early in his career, but he and Davies are upstaged by others in the cast. One wonders if the original Fannie Hurst story had more involving the "Rarick" family. The effects of wealth on the characters is more interesting than the "love story" between Davies and Howard. An even distribution of resources and story might have helped "Five and Ten" recover costs. Watch for Mr. Montgomery's troubled "Avery" to steal the film.

****** Five and Ten (6/13/31) Robert Z. Leonard ~ Marion Davies, Leslie Howard, Douglass Montgomery, Richard Bennett


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