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This Side of Heaven (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 February 1934 (USA)
A family man. (Lionel Barrymore) becomes innocently involved in an embezzlement.

Director:

William K. Howard

Writers:

Zelda Sears (adapted by), Eve Greene (adapted by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Martin Turner
Fay Bainter ... Francene Turner
Mae Clarke ... Jane Turner
Tom Brown ... Seth Turner
Una Merkel ... Birdie
Mary Carlisle ... Peggy Turner
Onslow Stevens ... Walter
Henry Wadsworth ... Hal
Edward J. Nugent ... Vance (as Eddie Nugent)
C. Henry Gordon ... William Barnes
Dickie Moore ... Freddie
Anne Shirley ... Flower Girl (scenes deleted) (as Dawn O'Day)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Stanton ... Doctor (scenes deleted)
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A family man. (Lionel Barrymore) becomes innocently involved in an embezzlement.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened One Day See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Fay Bainter. She would not appear in another film until Quality Street (1937). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when the delivery boy sets the package down on the desk, a clear moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible upper right of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Seth Turner: What's going on?
Peggy Turner: Jane's going to marry Walter.
Seth Turner: Why did she have to pick that cluck?
Francene Turner: [Mother walks in] What's the matter with you darling? Why don't you congratulate them?
Seth Turner: What for? Why didn't she marry Vance instead of that wet smack?
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Connections

Features Another Language (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculi, Funicula
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Luigi Denza
Played in the restaurant as part of a medley of Italian songs
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Barrymore at his modest best
18 September 2013 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Lionel Barrymore often drives me nuts--the same gestures and vocal inflections, playing so many similar roles so similarly. But in this little MGM soap opera, playing a good family man caught up in a potentially devastating financial crisis at work (it's almost like a warmup for "It's a Wonderful Life," with him as George instead of Potter), he's quiet and unhammy and very moving. He's well supported by a similarly restrained Fay Bainter as his wife, and the whole family is convincing--Mae Clarke as the sensible daughter, Tom Powers as the status-conscious son, Una Merkel as the gossipy maid. No surprises, and the plot is resolved by a deus ex machina one doesn't believe for a minute, but it's a simple story well told. And it shows how good Lionel could be when he held back; he's just as good the following year in "Ah, Wilderness!", in a not-that-different part.


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