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The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)

Passed | | Drama | 22 June 1934 (USA)
John Shadwell, a promising politician, is married to Laura but is in love with Vergie Winters, a milliner from his home town. As Shadwell's political career blooms, gossip and rumors begin ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screen play), Louis Bromfield (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Harding ... Vergie Winters
John Boles ... John Shadwell
Helen Vinson ... Laura Shadwell
Betty Furness ... Joan Shadwell
Frank Albertson ... Ranny Truesdale
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Hugo McQueen (as Creighton Chaney)
Sara Haden ... Winnie Belle
Molly O'Day ... Sadie
Ben Alexander ... Barry Preston
Donald Crisp ... Mike Davey
Maidel Turner ... Ella Heenan
Cecil Cunningham ... Pearl Turner
Wesley Barry ... Herbert Somerby
Edward Van Sloan ... Jim Winters
Josephine Whittell ... Madame Claire
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Storyline

John Shadwell, a promising politician, is married to Laura but is in love with Vergie Winters, a milliner from his home town. As Shadwell's political career blooms, gossip and rumors begin to cause Vergie to be shunned by the women of the town. Soon the two are constantly faced with the threat of exposure and scandal. Written by Snow Leopard

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vergie Winters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$331,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On July 7, 1934, The National Legion of Decency condemned the film as "immoral and indecent." Subsequently, the film was boycotted by the Catholic Church list and banned in Chicago. See more »

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Quotes

John Shadwell: Vergie, do you think that two people who really love each other could ever say goodbye? We'll work it out somehow.
Vergie Winters: I'm thinking...
John Shadwell: Don't think. Just love me.
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Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played as part of the score when World War I ends
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Good Weepie from the '30s
16 September 2002 | by FERNANDO SILVASee all my reviews

Little remembered great actress Ann Harding, who was also a first magnitude star during a short period with the advent of the talkies, stars in this tearjerker supreme, as noble, good-natured, unselfish, brave, courageous Vergie Winters, who defies small-town gossip, carrying on with an illicit relationship, with now-married ex-sweetheart John Shadwell, played adequately by John Boles, who's better than usual in this role.

Harding's very good and sincere acting makes believable her self sacrifice because of the bigger-than-life love which she feels for both, Shadwell and their illegitimate daughter, Joan.

Helen Vinson is very, very good as Bole's selfish, mean, superficial and ambition-driven (just the very opposite of Vergie) wife, Laura- the face of this now forgotten actress reminds me greatly of Helen Hayes'. Josephine Whittwell is also very good as sympathetic Madame Claire, who in the film is implied to be sort of the owner or `madam' of the local `bordello', who's also friendly to Harding and helps to save her small hat store (she's the local milliner) from bankruptcy. Cecil Cunnigham and Maidel Turner shine too as two local fellow professional gossipers.

Mick La Salle, in his book `Complicated Women' states that this film was released the week before the Production Code was finally fully enforced. A must see for fans of classic pre-code weepies.


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