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Personal Property (1937)

Approved | | Comedy , Romance | 19 March 1937 (USA)
Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is... See full summary »

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II)

Writers:

H.M. Harwood (play), Hugh Mills (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Harlow ... Crystal Wetherby
Robert Taylor ... Raymond Dabney aka Ferguson
Reginald Owen ... Claude Dabney
Una O'Connor ... Clara, Crystal's Maid
Henrietta Crosman ... Mrs. Cosgrove Dabney
E.E. Clive ... Cosgrove Dabney
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Burns
Marla Shelton ... Catherine Burns
Forrester Harvey ... Herbert Jenkins, Bailiff
Lionel Braham Lionel Braham ... Lord Carstairs
Barnett Parker ... Arthur 'Trevy' Trevelyan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melville Cooper ... (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is engaged to his brother. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man in Her House See more »

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Budget:

$299,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in London on 22 January 1930, and on Broadway on 1 November 1930. See more »

Goofs

After Ferguson serves drinks to the two at the piano, he leaves with three drinks on the tray, but then when he opens the kitchen door and sets the tray down on the table, there are only two drinks on the tray. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Dabney: As a matter of fact, I had the offer of a job today.
Crystal Wetherby: That's nice. Who from?
Raymond Dabney: I think its a rather a good job, too. It's in America.
Crystal Wetherby: Oh, Mrs. Burn's, by any chance?
Raymond Dabney: No. Miss Burns.
Crystal Wetherby: Miss Burns! Well of all the cheek!
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An okay film but see Jean in her better films
24 April 2008 | by mgmstar128See all my reviews

I have been seeing many of Jean Harlow's films thanks to the glorious T.C.M. In the past few months, I have caught The Girl From Missouri, Reckless, Dinner at Eight, Wife Versus Secretary, and Red Headed Woman. My opinion of her as a comedienne has definitely improved after seeing her growth and maturation as an actor. Actually, all the titles I mentioned are better than Personal Property.

As for this movie, Jean is charming as ever, but she does not exhibit the same sparkle as she had in previous films. She looks beautiful as always, but she does show a bit of the extra weight also exhibited in Saratoga. Of course, this was due to her kidneys failing, as her health was in serious and fatal decline.

The movie itself is a bit on the slow side, and I think Robert Taylor, though handsome, wasn't up to her level. I think part of the film fell flat due to his performance.

One thing that totally puzzles me is that in the movie Robert Taylor's family all have British accents except for him. He sounds totally American. What's the deal with that?

A piece of trivia: I noticed that in the film she wore William Powell's star sapphire ring, a sort of engagement ring.

If you are a Jean Harlow fan, this movie should be seen, but she's so much better in Red Headed Woman, The Girl From Missouri, and Bombshell, just to name a few.

It's sad to see that Jean Harlow is largely forgotten by so many in our society today. Read David Stenn's book Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow for superb information on her.


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