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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 »

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Charles Brabin

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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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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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Taglines:

The POWERFUL LOVE STORY OF TWO PEOPLE SEPARATED BY CIRCUMSTANCES! ONE MAN A MEMORY-the OTHER FLESH and BLOOD! (Print Ad- Daily Argus, ((Mount Vernon, NY)) 3 January 1934) See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1933 (USA) See more »

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Forever Faithful See more »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Althought the onscreen credits specify the source material as "from the novel by Morris Lavine," no such novel has been found. It is likely the novel was never published. See more »

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

Quotes

Jerry: If you have any trouble gettin' in the courtroom, ask for Officer Grovin. Him and me is as close as three in a bed.
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Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (c1780)
Lyrics by Ben Jonson (in poem To Celia) (1616)
Sung by Madge Evans at the birthday party, with piano accompaniment
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Sold down the river
10 December 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Richard Dix's whole universe is turned upside down in this pre-Code drama Day Of Reckoning. Wife Madge Evans is a good soul, but a spendthrift and Dix's gets caught for embezzling company funds and gets two years of county time for the deed.

That's enough time villain Conway Tearle figures he has to move in on Madge Evans. He's a friend and neighbor of Dix whose hormones have been pining away for Evans for some time. Tearle even pays for Samuel S. Hinds to be Dix's lawyer to throw the case. And Hinds in his couple of scenes stands out.

Providing a bit of comic relief and stalwart support for Dix and Evans are maid Una Merkel and her boyfriend the milkman Stu Erwin. Isabell Jewell as Tearle's mistress whom he throws over for Evans has some real bite in her scenes.

Life does take a funny old bounce as Tearle and Dix are together for a really thrilling climax. Day Of Reckoning is something these two most definitely have.

As for the film, a bit melodramatic, but the ensemble cast really delivers in this one.


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