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That Certain Thing (Silent) (B&W)

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Molly Kelly, a cigar stand drudge, marries the wealthy son of a restauranter who disinherits his son. Later the son 'makes good' by opening a lunch box stand and his father whose business has fallen off gives the young couple financial help to expand the

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  • Actors: Viola Dane, Ralph Graves, Burr McIntosh, Aggie Herring, Carl Gerard
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Silent, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Jef Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XPU5H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Underwood on August 27, 2008
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Nearing the end of the silent era in 1928, Frank Capra directed his first film for Columbia, assisting in the writing and producing as well, resulting in this nice romantic comedy, "That Certain Thing". It soon led to bigger and better things for Capra, but it's good to have some of his early silent films available as well. Unfortunately, the picture quality is rather poor at times, being blurry and having too much white, and the accompanying music is a hotchpotch of various tunes from all sources which I found unsettling at first. As a result, I was a little disappointed during the first 20 minutes or so when the story seemed to be rather predictable: Molly from the poor part of town struggling to make ends meet dreams of marrying a millionaire, and soon traps the son of the famous `Restaurant King'. But her bliss lasts less than a day when it is revealed that the wealthy father has reasons for disinheriting his son, leaving the newlyweds homeless and penniless. And that's when the story gets interesting! Was she really just a gold-digger like the wealthy father claimed, or did she marry for love after all? Will the spoilt son prove his worth and make his own way in the world, thus winning back his father's love, approval - and money? Along with these timeless and ever-popular issues, it is interesting to see what happens when the young couple plans to start their own business in boxed lunches with special sandwiches, which ends up becoming the Restaurant King's competition. While there is nothing outstanding about "That Certain Thing", there is also nothing wrong with it either, and ends up being a nice and entertaining story running nearly 90 minutes. The acting is good and the main characters are likeable and realistic. In a very similar vein to this film is another silent, "The Matinee Idol", which Capra directed not long after "That Certain Thing", and viewing both shows his quick progress and development as a filmmaker.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16, 2008
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Frank Capra's motion picture career began inauspiciously, as a prop man. He soon learned editing, composed title cards and worked behind the camera. Capra was a gag writer for Sennett and then Roach studios, where he went on to direct several shorts for their Our Gang and Harry Langdon franchises. After Langdon chose to direct his own films, Capra moved to First National and made FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE, which he considered his very worst effort (although it's highly regarded now).

Capra was next at Columbia, the studio that released his greatest movies, starting with Jean Harlow in PLATINUM BLONDE (1931). That was three years in the future, however. His first Columbia picture was THAT CERTAIN THING, which has its DVD premiere with this JEF FILMS release. The witty title cards were written by Al Boasberg, who later provided dialogue for the Marx Bros. and The Jack Benny Program.

THAT CERTAIN FEELING is the story of Molly, an ambitious girl who rejects the love of a streetcar conductor to follow her dream of marrying a millionaire. She eventually meets the son of a restaurant chain owner and they're quickly wed, but the father disowns his boy when he finds out his new daughter-in-law is a gold digger. Will Molly stay with her now-penniless husband or divorce him and continue her quest for financial security?

SONY's DVD of Frank Capra's third Columbia silent film, THE MATINEE IDOL also includes "Frank Capra's American Dream." This excellent two-hour made-for-TV documentary is narrated by Ron Howard, and features commentary from Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Frank Capra Jr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David T. Steere, Jr. on November 13, 2014
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This may be wonderful but there is no way to tell. The JEF Films copy is clearly a very poor, public-domain version. The Amazon Instant stream is simply unwatchable. I assume the dvd version is just as bad. Sad that an early film from as important a director as Frank Capra is given such shoddy treatment. The HOMETHEATERFORUM dot COM discusses the poor quality of JEF Films and the question of whether this company is legit. Let's hope this film shows up in a restored version and/or on TCM.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed D. on July 16, 2013
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This movie is of note since it was Frank Capra's first film for Columbia. As such, I was interested to see this picture. It's a light breezy little comedy that includes a few slapstick moments, harkening back to Capra's days as a gag writer for Mack Sennett. It is quite funny in spots. Not bad for a rookie director.
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A silent movie directed by Frank Capra. The musical accompaniment is darling and must have been done recently. The film is a wonderful time capsule of a by-gone era [of not only our lives but Hollywood, in general] plus a lesson in female entrepreneurship to boot. Struggling woman with children meets Mr. Right. AB Charles Jr is the son of restaurant tycoon AB Charles Sr. Jr. is completely smitten with this young woman & they elope. Whereupon, his rich father rejects the marriage and disinherits the son. Won't say more because the film develops into a true delight.
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