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Prosperity (1932)

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$628,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

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

Lizzie Praskins: One more word from you and I'll forget I'm a lady.
[lifts plate to throw at Maggie]
Maggie Warren: Why not? Everybody else has.
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner (1850)
Played by pianist and violinist at the wedding
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The Only Movie Of Its Era To Be Resolved By -- Diarrhea
30 April 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Yes, Marie Dresler drinks prune juice that she thinks is poison and she exits running.

Dresler is good. Never my cup of tea but she is a solid performer who surely holds the screen.

I watched this for Polly Moran, whom I've seen elsewhere. Here, Moran is OK -- just OK -- as Dressler's shrewish friend/foe. Too bad she has sunk into nearly total oblivion.

The plot is good hearted. Bad guys try to rob the townspeople. Dressler triumphs and all ends well.

I do wonder about the central plot mechanism: bonds. This came out during the Depression so maybe everyone was familiar with bonds and what they can do if used well and if used wrongly. I, however, not of that era, am vaguely familiar with them. They're like stocks only different, right? It seems odd to build a story about The Little Man around a somewhat sophisticated monetary entity.


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