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Babbitt (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 8 December 1934 (USA)
Middle aged George F. Babbitt is a leading citizen in the town of Zenith, the fastest growing community in America according to its town sign. George is a large part of that growth as a ... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Sinclair Lewis (novel), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aline MacMahon ... Myra Babbitt
Guy Kibbee ... George F. Babbitt
Claire Dodd ... Tanis Judique
Maxine Doyle ... Verona Babbitt
Glen Boles ... Ted Babbitt
Minor Watson ... Paul 'Paulivus' F. Reisling
Minna Gombell ... Zilla Reisling
Alan Hale ... Charlie McKelvey
Berton Churchill ... Judge Virgil 'Verge' Thompson
Russell Hicks ... Commissioner Lyle Gurnee
Nan Grey ... Eunice Littlefield (as Nan Gray)
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Luke Ethorne
Arthur Aylesworth ... Zeke
Addison Richards ... District Attorney
Harry Tyler ... Martin Gunch
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Middle aged George F. Babbitt is a leading citizen in the town of Zenith, the fastest growing community in America according to its town sign. George is a large part of that growth as a property developer and realtor. He is lovingly married to his wife Myra, the two who have two children, Ted and Verona who are approaching adulthood. George has always had a fearless attitude, much like that of a naive child, which has led to his business success. He encounters some personal stresses when he faces what he believes is a potential home-wrecking issue, and when his oldest friend Paul and his wife Zilla deal with domestic problems. These stresses make George want to provide even more to his own family, leading to George agreeing to participate in a less than scrupulous but lucrative business dealing. George's bravura gets him into a potential scandal. This situation makes him question his general behavior, especially toward his family. Written by Huggo

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HE'S A 100% BIG SHOT! 25% WINDBAG 25% WISE GUY 25%...SUCKER 25%.......SAP (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 18 January 1935) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The $10,000 in blackmail would equal over $180,000 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film at the breakfast table, when the toast pops out of the toaster and startles the maid, the bread is white in close-up. Then in the next long shot Mrs. Babbitt takes the toast out of the toaster and it's burnt black. See more »

Quotes

George F. Babbitt: Come, Zill. What you need to do is get your feet hot and your head cool.
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Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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The Farmer in the Dell
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Traditional
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Kibbee and MacMahon in another Warnerbros short
7 March 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

A remake of the 1924 silent, this film started out as a book originally by Sinclair Lewis. "Babbit" has a cast of Warner Brothers regulars. Aline MacMahon and Guy Kibbee play the married couple Myra and George Babbit, with supporting cast Alan Hale (What movie WASN'T he in in the 1930s??) and Hattie McDaniels singing a song in her second year of making films. Of course, the very first thing we see as the film starts is the stamp of approval by the Film Production Board, so we know it will be scrubbed clean of any real naughtiness. George Babbitt, local businessman and real estate agent, is called out of town, and is working on a big "business deal", and brags about it to a female cohort... which lands him in trouble later. With the production code in force, apparently underhanded money dealings were just fine subject matter, as long as no beds were shown. There is dark, unhappy side to the first two-thirds of this movie, unlike some of the other films Kibbee and MacMahon had made together, which were fun and upbeat. There are some fun gags here, like the Brotherhood of Zebras, and people getting sent off the the nut-house. I think this one gets five stars for being "okay".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1934 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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