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The Quitter (1934)

When her husband, who founded the town's crusading local newspaper, doesn't come back from the French battlefields of World War I, a woman struggles to raise her two sons and keep the ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writer:

Robert Ellis
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Charley Grapewin ... Ed Tilford
Emma Dunn ... Cordelia Tilford
William Bakewell ... Russell Tilford
Barbara Weeks ... Diana Winthrop
Hale Hamilton ... Maj. Stephen Winthrop
Glen Boles ... Eddie Tilford
Mary Kornman ... Annabelle Hibbs
Lafe McKee ... Zack
Aggie Herring Aggie Herring ... Hannah
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Sister Hooten
Edward LeSaint ... Travers
Edmund Burns
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When her husband, who founded the town's crusading local newspaper, doesn't come back from the French battlefields of World War I, a woman struggles to raise her two sons and keep the newspaper going. Matters are complicated by the fact that, several years later, one of the sons wants to turn the paper from its position as a hard-fighting champion of the working-class into an upscale society paper catering to the rich and powerful. Matters are complicated even further by rumors that their father was in fact NOT killed in France during the war but took another man's identity and is still living there. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Understanding Heart See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first shown on television Thursday 7 December 1939 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. Post WW-II television enthusiasts on the West Coast got their first look at it in Los Angeles Sunday 18 January 1953 on KECA (Channel 7) and in San Francisco Monday 4 May 1953 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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A certain kind of movie
3 May 2001 | by bob-717See all my reviews

The first things that will strike a modern viewer about The Quitter are the very austere sound (no background music, very little noise other than people talking), the "stagey" sets and performances, and the morality-play structure of it all in which most plot developments are telegraphed long before they occur.

If you can't get past these trappings, I don't blame you. If you can, there are some very interesting characters here and a plot that takes the characters' merits and flaws to their logical conclusion. It's not great, and it's not high tragedy, but it is a glimpse into the way people once thought (or once thought they thought).

Also it has Mary from the original Little Rascals playing a "loose" young woman who is nevertheless shown to be good. Better, as it turns out, than the man who attack her for her promiscuity.


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