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False Pretenses (1935)

A girl who's just lost her job meets a drunk millionaire on a bridge who's just lost his money. They go back to his house, and eventually come up with a plan to benefit them both: he'll ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Betty Burbridge (story "Suicide Bridge"), Ewart Adamson (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Ware ... Mary Beekman
Sidney Blackmer ... Kenneth Alden (as Sydney Blackmer)
Betty Compson ... Clarissa Stanhope
Russell Hopton ... Pat Brennan
Edward Gargan ... Mike O'Reilly
Ernest Wood Ernest Wood ... Tiffany Cortland
Lucy Beaumont ... Miss Milgrim
Marshall Ruth Marshall Ruth ... Gardner
Dot Farley ... Mrs. Smythe
John Picorri ... Soutar (as John Piccori)
Herbert Clifton ... Bleven
William Humphrey ... Newman (as William Humphries)
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A girl who's just lost her job meets a drunk millionaire on a bridge who's just lost his money. They go back to his house, and eventually come up with a plan to benefit them both: he'll scrounge enough money together to teach her how to be a lady, and then introduce her to his rich friends so she can snag a husband, after which she'll pay him a finder's fee. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@myway.com

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1935 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS 31 July 1940; post WWII NYC television viewers got their first look at it Sunday 7 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) See more »

Quotes

Mary Beekman: I knew when I met you tonight that you'd come in handy.
Kenneth Alden: Well that's very kind of you.
Mary Beekman: But I couldn't figure out how until a minute ago. I suppose you know everyone in the social register don't you?
Kenneth Alden: Well everyone worth knowing. Of course that eliminates most of them.
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Despite a low budget and mostly 2nd and 3rd tier actors, this was an enjoyable little film
21 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"False Pretenses" is the sort of escapist film that they did quite well in the 1930s. And, despite a very low budget and mostly no-name actors, the film ends up being quite entertaining.

The film begins with Mary Beekman (Irene Ware) at the end of her ropes--her knucklehead ex-boyfriend (Edward Gargan) has gotten her fired from her job and won't stop harassing her. On top of that, she loses her check and has to climb on the wall of a bridge to retrieve it. There she meets a down-on-his-luck playboy, Kenneth Alden (Sydney Blackmer) who is about to kill himself! She convinces him to stop and in talking with him, she comes up with a crazy idea. Maybe Alden can regain some of his fortune by helping her marry some rich guy (since he IS a prominent member of society and knows the right people)--and then she'll split her new fortune with him. So, after some lessons on etiquette and deportment, he takes her to meet his friends--and are they smitten! What's next in this little bit of larceny? See the film for yourself.

The film is entertaining and satisfying--proving that a B-movie can still be quite good. I particularly thought the script, though outlandish, was the strength to this one--though the acting also was quite good. Worth a look.


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