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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 1-MAR-2005
Media Type: DVD
- Documentary Profile: Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell, hosted by Sharon Stone
- Comedy Short: Come to Dinner
- Theatrical Trailer
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When the action begins, Millicent Jordan (Billie Burke) is obsessively planning a dinner party. Unbeknownst to Millicent, her husband Oliver Jordan (Lionel Barrymore) is suffering from serious, life threatening heart problems--and their steamship freighter enterprise is going broke after a century-long life of being the family business.
As if that weren't enough, there's plenty more people with serious financial and personal problems that showcase human foibles as well the toll the depression took on even the wealthiest of people after the stock market crash. We meet Carlotta Vance (Marie Dressler), an older actress who is broke. Carlotta sells her stock in the Jordan shipping business to stay alive; and she's not the only one selling her stock on that fateful day when so much of the Jordan stock is sold that the family fortune just might be in jeopardy. There is Wayne Talbot (Edmund Lowe) and his wife Lucy (Karen Morley) who tolerates Wayne's never-ending marital infidelities; and we also see that the only people climbing up the ladder are the comparatively crude and unsophisticated couple Dan and Kitty Packard (Wallace Beery and Jean Harlow).
Throughout the movie there are vignettes that display how cruel life can be. There is a rather long scene in which we see the poignant suffering of a man who was huge in silent pictures and who has gone broke and "washed up" now that the "talkies" are in style. John Barrymore brilliantly plays Larry Renault and his story is told with great care and sophistication.Read more ›
MGM intentionally assembled the greatest cast it had on hand at the time. These were stars the public loved to see. This is from the days where there really were parts for older actresses. Ms. Dressler, who leads the cast in the credits, was sixty-five. The divine Billie Burke [Millicent Jordon], who I think was one of the funniest actresses who ever lived, was forty-eight. Jean Harlow, who plays the social climbing Kitty Packard, was just twenty-two, and Madge Evans [Paula] was twenty-four. Unlike today, the two older stars were not forced into subordinate roles. All of the actresses' parts have equal weight.
We have both Lionel and John Barrymore. John gives a heart-wrenching performance as Larry Renault, the alcoholic, washed up matinee idol Paula has fallen for. The role is eerily similar to his own life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the classics. An ensemble beyond compare. Two Barrymores, Wallace Beery sparing with Jean Harlow, Billie Burke flitting around like a wealthy wren and Marie Dressler doing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Great Uncle
Film itself is swell but the picture is dark and the soundtrack skips throughout out the filmPublished 1 month ago by silvija
How can you not like this piece of classic film history? So many of our finest actors!!!Published 2 months ago by CRAIG W MCCLAIN
This movie is still very funny decades after it was made. Marie Dressler is at her best id this George Cukor directed picture. It does have an all star cast. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CAonlineshopper
Very funny movie with a lot of messages about society and perception.Published 6 months ago by missy mo
As with all good pictures, it all begins with the writing and you can't do much better than Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman. But the cast is pretty marvelous, too. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Honest Abe
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