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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

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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!"

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Comedy | Romance

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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

The third of five films made by McCrea with Hopkins between 1934 and 1937. See more »

Quotes

Clancey Lorrimore: Now, if you would only see that you and I would make a much better combination than you and Brighton.
Edith Gilbert: We'd be terrible. I'm Kansas and your Oxford-accent gives me a pain in the neck.
Clancey Lorrimore: Why, I'd even cut that out for you, old thing.
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Soundtracks

Shake It Off With Rhythm
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Lew Brown
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Miriam Hopkins Is Excellent
21 March 2006 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Miriam Hopkins continues to climb my list of favorite 30s actresses.... SPLENDOR is a terrific, hard-hitting drama about a once wealthy family of leaches who pin their hopes of son (Joel McCrea) marrying money. Instead, he marries penniless Hopkins.

To further McCrea's chances in business, the mother (Helen Westley) encourages Hopkins to be nice to wealthy cousin (Paul Cavanaugh). Hopkins also has to put up with sour sister (Katherine Alexander) and frivolous brother (David Niven) as they all leach off McCrea's newfound success.

But it all comes to a crash when the cousin will only keep McCrea on if Hopkins will sleep with him. Later, when she having great guilt the family offers to forgive her if only she will not tell McCrea. Crash! Hopkins is luminous. All the acting is terrific, especially Westley as the greedy matriarch who won't give up any single comfort. Billie Burke, Arthur Treacher, Ivan Simpson, Torben Meyer, and Ruth Weston (excellent as Edith) co-star.


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