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Dynamite (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 13 December 1929 (USA)
Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees ... See full summary »

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Jeanie Macpherson (by), John Howard Lawson (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Conrad Nagel ... Roger Towne
Kay Johnson ... Cynthia Crothers
Charles Bickford ... Hagon Derk aka The Fire Boss
Julia Faye ... Marcia Towne
Joel McCrea ... Marco - Her Boy Friend
Muriel McCormac Muriel McCormac ... Katie Derk
Robert Edeson ... Wise Fool
William Holden William Holden ... Wise Fool
Henry Stockbridge Henry Stockbridge ... Wise Fool
Leslie Fenton ... Young 'Vulture'
Barton Hepburn Barton Hepburn ... Young 'Vulture'
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... The Life of the Party
Robert T. Haines Robert T. Haines ... The Judge
Douglas Scott ... Bobby (as Douglas Frazer Scott)
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... His Mother
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Storyline

Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees to a financial settlement. But Cynthia's wealth is in jeopardy because her trust fund will expire if she is not married by a certain date. To satisfy that condition, Cynthia arranges to marry Hagon Derk, who is condemned to die for a crime he didn't commit. She pays him so he can provide for his little sister. But at the last minute, Derk is freed when the true criminal is discovered. Expecting to be a rich widow, Cynthia finds herself married to a man she doesn't know and doesn't want to. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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Taglines:

There's DYNAMITE in the lax moral code of the idle rich! DYNAMITE in the scenes of daring love-making! DYNAMITE in the clash between upper and under worlds! (Print Ad- Owosso Argus-Press,((Owosso, Mich.)) 4 February 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dynamit See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Carole Lombard was replaced during filming, but can still be seen in the released print. See more »

Quotes

Hagon Derk: Ahhhh... bull!
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Crazy Credits

Film Title is shown as the word DYNAMITE written on a box of..... dynamite, after being set down by a worker. See more »

Alternate Versions

MGM also released this as a silent movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on piano at the party when guests learn of Cynthia's wedding
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Cecil Be Spectacular
26 September 2007 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Please also go into the external reviews on the IMDb for this extraordinary film and read the fascinating and informative page from 'moviediva'... this person/site offers excellent insights with great photos and production history not found elsewhere... this has been every time I find information from Moviediva... so thankyou whoever you are. MGM's exciting and technically innovative 1929 production DYNAMITE is exactly that... a moral fable of a vulgar wealthy woman and her immoral flighty glamor friends learning about the hard working honest poor side of life. This is all of course, an excuse for Cecil B De Mille then at MGM for three films to showcase the latest in talkie production methods. I agree with the other positive comments on this page that DYNAMITE is a 20s art deco masterpiece and an absolute feast of Jazz age wildness and lavishness. You will also find this level of breathtaking snazzy art deco 20s life in "The Divorcée" of 1929 and the 1930 Douglas Fairbanks film from united Artists "Reaching For The Moon".... each film absolutely essential for early talkie art deco astonishment for anyone who loves this early talkie period before The Depression stopped the party. DYANMITE is a good film with a compelling story... and the pre code language and sex topic at the peppy sports party (with the wheel race with the women spinning about) in the latest in art deco swimming costumes will re set your dial for 20s party frankness. See handsome Joel MacCrea as an almost-extra. This has been screening on a daily loop on TV in Australia so we can see it and examine it repeatedly. Well worth your time.


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