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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Martin Turner
... Francene Turner
... Jane Turner
... Seth Turner
... Birdie
... Peggy Turner
... Walter
... Hal
... Vance (as Eddie Nugent)
... William Barnes
... Freddie
... Flower Girl (scenes deleted) (as Dawn O'Day)
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... Doctor (scenes deleted)
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A family man. (Lionel Barrymore) becomes innocently involved in an embezzlement.

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Drama | Romance

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Paul Stanton (Doctor) and Anne Shirley (Flower Girl) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but are never seen. Shirley (on the books as Dawn O'Day) is out of frame in her scene. See more »

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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

Peggy Turner: Oh, Janie Jane I hope you're going to be so happy.
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References Viva Villa! (1934) See more »

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Santa Lucia
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Traditional Italian folksong
Played in the restaurant as part of a medley of Italian songs
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Schmaltz with class
17 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Compelling hokum. Lionel Barrymore, in a variation of his trod-upon tycoon from "Dinner at Eight," plays the doting, selfless head of an insensitive, selfish family. Wife Fay Bainter, having just sold a novel to the movies, is on a spending spree before heading to Hollywood; son Tom Brown has his heart set on joining a college fraternity; elder daughter Mae Clark is torn between two lovers; dithery sister Mary Carlisle has thoughts of eloping with her nitwit boyfriend.

Meanwhile, Barrymore is facing scandal and prison on a trumped-up embezzlement charge, a crisis he withholds from his self-absorbed brood. Will the family rally to his side before he ends it all in suicide?

The film is so cunningly constructed that we squirm in suspense in spite of our conviction that all must end well. It's the kind of skillful schmaltz that leaves you feeling at once satisfied and foolish. With Una Merkel as a knuckleheaded maid, saving Louise Beavers and Hattie MacDaniel the indignity of demeaning themselves.


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