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Day of Reckoning (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 27 October 1933 (USA)
In this brutal prison drama a hen-pecked husband is sentenced to prison after getting caught with his hand in the company till. He is sent to a high-rise facility in LA. It seems the fellow... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Brabin

Writers:

Zelda Sears (screen play), Eve Greene (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... John Day
Madge Evans ... Dorothy Day
Conway Tearle ... George Hollins
Una Merkel ... Mamie
Stuart Erwin ... Jerry
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Johnny Day (as Spanky McFarlane)
Isabel Jewell ... Kate Lovett
James Bell ... Slim
Raymond Hatton ... Hart
Paul Hurst ... Harry
John Larkin ... Abraham
Wilfred Lucas ... Guard
Samuel S. Hinds ... O'Farrell (as Samuel Hinds)
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Storyline

In this brutal prison drama a hen-pecked husband is sentenced to prison after getting caught with his hand in the company till. He is sent to a high-rise facility in LA. It seems the fellow was only following the instructions of his domineering, constantly nagging wife who, as soon as he is put away, takes up with a more successful businessman. This causes her new lover's ex-lover to get insanely jealous and kill the conniving wife. Written by iMovie-DL

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"I CAN TAKE IT! But what of my wife? Can you blame her for seeking the romance and luxuries of which the law is robbing her?" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever Faithful See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Genevieve Tobin was listed in the Hollywood Reporter as a cast member, but she was not seen in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the body of the newspaper article about the murder, the word "stock" is misspelled "stocg". See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Day: Well, Mamie, I - I don't want you to think that...
Mamie: Oh, no Ma'am. I wouldn't take the liberty of thinkin'.
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Soundtracks

My Name Is Abraham
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by John Larkin in jail, and joined by other prisoners for the refrains
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Una Merkel shines in her 13th film of 1933
10 December 2003 | by robotaSee all my reviews

Una Merkel shines in her 13th film of 1933

A terrific film. At times it is even a beautiful film, with touches of special effects (slo-mo, and super-impositions) towards the end. The "natural" quality of Una Merkel shines above her casting as the maid, and brings a real human touch to a film about infidelity, jail and murder. She holds it's "B" plot together and adds real warmth and charm, especially in the scenes with the children. (The boy is none other than Spanky McFarland!)

There are scenes where the younger child, around 1 year old, is really fidgeting and squirming. Miss Merkel uses the interruption and pushes forward in the scene in the most natural way. Purely charming. Check out her credits, she did a staggering amount of work in the 30's and should get more recognition.

Director Charles Brabin shines in this unusually inventive film, (especially for the year 1933, when most other films were all sound stage stiff pot-boilers). This little gem has many location shots, (including a very realistic rooftop fight scene high above downtown Los Angeles) and features a broad range of emotion from subtle comedy to raw violence.

Check it out, you won't be sorry.


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