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Prosperity (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 18 November 1932 (USA)
In 1925, John becomes President of the prosperous Warren Bank when Maggie retires. Six years later, John, Helen and the two children are happy in their home, but the two mother-in-laws are ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Sylvia Thalberg (story), Frank Butler (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Dressler ... Maggie Warren
Polly Moran ... Lizzie Praskins
Anita Page ... Helen Praskins Warren
Norman Foster ... John Warren
John Miljan ... Holland
Jackie Lyn Dufton Jackie Lyn Dufton ... Cissy Warren (as Jacquie Lyn)
Jerry Tucker ... Buster Warren
Charles Giblyn Charles Giblyn ... Mayor
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Erza Higgins
Henry Armetta ... Henry, a Barber
John Roche ... Knapp, Holland's Cohort
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Storyline

In 1925, John becomes President of the prosperous Warren Bank when Maggie retires. Six years later, John, Helen and the two children are happy in their home, but the two mother-in-laws are still bickering. When Lizzy inadvertently starts a run on the bank, it closes when Maggie learns that John has done what she had told him never to do - used the bank bonds for a get rich quick scheme. To gain some money for the depositors, Maggie and John sell everything that they have and move in with Lizzy, who hounds them every day. Their only hope for a normal life is to get the bonds back from the crooks that have them. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Those furiously funny females are back again! (Print Ad, Grape Belt and Chautauqua Farmer, ((Dunkirk, NY)) 9 December 1932)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prosperidade See more »

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Budget:

$628,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Anita Page's last film for MGM. See more »

Goofs

When John goes to leave Lizzie's house, Maggie stops him at the front door. John is between Maggie and the door. But in the next shot Maggie is between the door and John - their positions have switched. See more »

Quotes

Buster Warren: Can I have my hair cut, too?
Lizzie Praskins: No, you can *not*. It would break my heart to see that lovely hair cut.
John Warren: Well, he's getting pretty big for curls.
Maggie Warren: If I had my way, I'd have the clippers on him.
Buster Warren: Would you grandma?
Lizzie Praskins: Well, you haven't got your say-so.
John Warren: You're telling us.
Helen Praskins Warren: Anyway, we don't have to settle it now.
Maggie Warren: No, any time before he goes to college.
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Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929)
Written by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager
Played as background music during the opening credits and at the end
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Flawless Marie Dressler
2 May 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Prosperity is a comedy/drama that was very timely in 1932. It concerns bank closures. In the last of the Films that Dressler starred in with Polly Moran, she plays a bank president who saves her town. Lots of plots twists but basically a star vehicle for a great star--Marie Dressler. She can ham and mug her way thru anything and always get a laugh, but when Dressler played dramatic scenes, no one could touch her. No art. Nothing arch. Just her her old, worn, wonderful face to put across the feeling. That Marie Dressler is largely forgotten now except for her rather gauche comedy style (a style that Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett borrowed from liberally) is a pity. In Prosperity as well and Min and Bill, Anna Christie, Tugboat Annie, Emma, and Politics, she proves she was a fine dramatic actress. As a comic she ranks among the all-time best.

Polly Moran plays another hateful character, but plays it well. Anita Page, Norman Foster, Henry Armetta, Claire du Brey, and Frank Darien co-star. Rather dark ending is salvaged by low comedy, but somehow it all works.


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