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Splendor (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1935 (UK)
The once-great Lorrimore family faces bankruptcy unless older son Brighton marries wealthy Edith Gilbert. When Brighton instead returns from a trip with his new wife Phyllis, she receives a... See full summary »

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Elliott Nugent

Writer:

Rachel Crothers (by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Phyllis Manning Lorrimore
Joel McCrea ... Brighton Lorrimore
Paul Cavanagh ... Martin Deering
Helen Westley ... Mrs. Emmeline Lorrimore
Billie Burke ... Clarissa
David Niven ... Clancey Lorrimore
Katharine Alexander ... Martha Lorrimore (as Katherine Alexander)
Ruth Weston ... Edith Gilbert
Arthur Treacher ... Major Ballinger
Torben Meyer ... Baron Von Hoffstatter (as Torben Myer)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Fletcher (as Ivan Simpson)
Reginald Sheffield Reginald Sheffield ... Billy Grimes
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The once-great Lorrimore family faces bankruptcy unless older son Brighton marries wealthy Edith Gilbert. When Brighton instead returns from a trip with his new wife Phyllis, she receives a cool reception from his family. Phyllis wants Brighton to pursue his dream of being a writer, but Mrs. Lorrimore sees to it that he gets a high-pressure job that he's totally incapable of handling. She also arranges for Phyllis to spend a lot of time with Brighton's boss in order to advance Brighton's career. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"My husband's own family tossed my heart to the highest bidder!"

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Splendour See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording: The Voice of Action)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mrs. Lorrimore's new car is a 1935 Packard 120 Club Sedan. See more »

Quotes

Major Ballinger: I say, don't splash me up. Do you mind? I'm not dressed for this.
Brighton Lorrimore: Well, why aren't you?
Major Ballinger: Well, I'm an excellent swimmer, old friend; but I don't look my best in a bathing suit.
Brighton Lorrimore: Well, you certainly do, Lena. Why aren't you in?
Lena Limering: Oh, I never go in the water, too. But, I adore the air on my body.
Major Ballinger: It doesn't sound quite proper to me.
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Soundtracks

Shake It Off With Rhythm
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Lew Brown
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Daring Drama for Post-Code 1935
19 November 2002 | by sobaokSee all my reviews

I sat stunned at the story-line for this film. It goes into emotional-romantic territory usually associated with pre-code films. Miriam Hopkins plays a young woman of great integrity who marries into a family of blue-bloods who's financial resources have all but drained. Joel McCrea, plays the loyal son to Helen Westley's controlling mother. His initial concern with his family's "prestige" puts his and Miriam's dreams and plans at bay. What follows is pretty risky business for a film in 1935. Westley is frightening and compelling as the controlling mother-in-law. All performances are top-notch. The challenges for Hopkins as an actress and the character she plays are believable and "she holds her own." A very unusual film that belongs in any film buffs collection.


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