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The Last Gentleman (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 28 April 1934 (USA)
In New England circa 1933, a niece is reported missing and presumed dead and Cabot Barr (George Arliss) summons his relatives to the family estate for a memorial service. Once there, Barr ... See full summary »


Sidney Lanfield


Leonard Praskins (screenplay), Katharine Clugston (based on play by)




Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... Cabot Barr
Edna May Oliver ... Augusta Pritchard
Janet Beecher ... Helen Barr
Charlotte Henry ... Marjorie Barr
Ralph Morgan ... Henry Loring
Edward Ellis ... Claude
Frank Albertson ... Allan Blaine
Rafaela Ottiano ... Retta Barr (as Rafaelo Ottiano)
Donald Meek ... Judd Barr
Joseph Cawthorn ... Dr. Wilson
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In New England circa 1933, a niece is reported missing and presumed dead and Cabot Barr (George Arliss) summons his relatives to the family estate for a memorial service. Once there, Barr taunts each one, claiming their only interest in him is his money, and sends them away when the report about the niece proves to be false. Only niece Marjorie, who has ridiculed one of his pet eccentricities, seems to be the object of any sentimental affection. Weeks later, Marjorie and her mother, Augusta (Edna May Oliver) and Allan (Frank Albertson), a young man Barr admires, are invited to Barr manor, where Barr fosters a romance between Marjorie and Allan. When his son, Judd (Donald Meek), seeks to have him declared insane, the shock kills the old man. Again, the family is gathered, a curtain is drawn and the old man appears on a film, and he tells each relative what he is leaving them and why, or why not in the case of Judd who is cut off without a cent. Marjorie is left the bulk of the estate ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Another Arliss gem.
6 August 2016 | by bbmtwistSee all my reviews

Lovely family drama of old man gathering estranged family about him to find out who loves him and who does not. Arliss as always a gem, especially in the last half of the film. There is a clever device of a talking film of him delivering his will at his memorial. First half played for broad comedy. A Fox film before being merged with 20th Century. Print quite out of focus and fuzzy.

Interesting to see Rafaela Ottiano and Donald Meek, usually in supporting roles, here in leading roles and doing quite well.

There is a need for IMDb to have a certain number of lines, but really, there is nothing more that I can say, so I hope this added sentence will suffice.

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28 April 1934 (USA) See more »

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20th Century Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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