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Sweepings (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 14 April 1933 (USA)
Daniel Pardway, starting with almost nothing after the great Chicago fire, builds the biggest department store in town. He wants to pass on the business to his three sons and daughter, but ... See full summary »

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John Cromwell

Writers:

Lester Cohen (screen play), Lester Cohen (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Daniel Pardway
Eric Linden ... Freddie Pardway
William Gargan ... Gene Pardway
Gloria Stuart ... Phoebe
Alan Dinehart ... Thane Pardway (as Allan Dinehart)
Gregory Ratoff ... Abe Ullman
Helen Mack ... Mamie Donahue
Lucien Littlefield ... Grimson
George Meeker ... Bert Pardway
Ninetta Sunderland ... Abigail Pardway
Esther Muir ... Violet
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Storyline

Daniel Pardway, starting with almost nothing after the great Chicago fire, builds the biggest department store in town. He wants to pass on the business to his three sons and daughter, but has to deal with their lack of interest or aptitude. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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The master character creator of them all...Lionel BARRYMORE in the tidal drama of the rise and fall of a famous American family... "SWEEPINGS" (Print ad- Syracuse Journal, ((Syracuse NY)) 20 July 1933) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duas Gerações See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Gargan, who plays the oldest brother Gene here, would play Uncle Thane Pardway in the 1939 remake titled "Three Sons." See more »

Quotes

Freddie Pardway: Just a partin' word: early to bed, early to rise. You never meet no interestin' people.
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Connections

Version of Three Sons (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
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Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Sung and played as background music at Christmas
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Superior Drama Graced By Performance Of Mr. Lionel Barrymore
13 November 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

After the Great Chicago Fire, a fiercely determined man slowly builds his business into the city's mightiest department store. However, the dreams he has for his children's success become as worthless as the SWEEPINGS off the dirty floors, destroyed by the young people's willful & wanton lives.

Lionel Barrymore dominates this fine, neglected character study which serves as a showcase for his talents. Less flamboyant than his celebrated younger brother John, Lionel was a marvelous actor, as well as a true eccentric (not long before this film was made he began living in a loft above one of MGM's sound stages and, according to the rumor which circulated around the studio, had completely stopped bathing). With his fascinating voice & stage-engendered mannerisms, Lionel was always worth watching. And so he proves here, playing a man who could be warmly loving & completely ruthless by turns.

Kudos should also extend to Ninetta Sunderland as Barrymore's faithful, tragic wife; George Meeker as his cheery brother; and Gregory Ratoff as Barrymore's shrewd store manager. They each flesh out a small role and make it notable. Young Gloria Stuart, who would have a resurgence of fame more than 60 years later in TITANIC, plays Barrymore's daughter.

Movie mavens will recognize Mary Gordon as Mrs. O'Leary (with cow) and Franklin Pangborn as a nervous photographer, both uncredited Look fast in the early train station scene for champion athlete Jim Thorpe, unbilled, playing a passing Indian; he was reduced to making appearances like this to pay the bills.

RKO gave the film excellent production values; Slavko Vorkapich, a true master of what was termed `transitional effects,' supplied montages which are especially noteworthy.

Max Steiner composed the full-bodied score.


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