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Rich Man's Folly (1931)

The dream of Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company, is to have a son to continue his business. Tragically, Dombey's wife dies shortly after giving birth to their son.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Grover Jones (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
George Bancroft ... Brock Trumbull
Frances Dee ... Ann Trumbull
Robert Ames ... Joe Warren
Juliette Compton ... Paula Norcross
David Durand ... Brock Junior
Dorothy Peterson ... Katherine Trumbull
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... McWylie
Gilbert Emery ... Kincaid
Guy Oliver ... Dayton
Anne Shirley ... Anne, as a child (as Dawn O'Day)
George MacFarlane ... Marston
William Arnold William Arnold
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Wilfred Lucas
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The dream of Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company, is to have a son to continue his business. Tragically, Dombey's wife dies shortly after giving birth to their son.

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A master of industry, a slave to money and commercial ambition-until love teaches him that happiness is not bought on the alter of gold and silver. (Print Ad- Deer Park Union, ((Deer Park, Wash.)) 4 February 1932)

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Audácia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Version of Dombey & Son (1983) See more »

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****** Tedious Programmer
11 August 2019 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Apparently this picture had some importance at the time (1931), but today it plays as a 'B' programmer. George Bancroft was a big star at the time and this was a vehicle for him to bring in the audience and to accrue accolades for Paramount Pictures. It was also to showcase Frances Dee, whom they hoped would be their next big star.

Nutshell; Bancroft is a"Captain of Industry" and the owner of a big shipbuilding company and Dee is his devoted and neglected daughter. The light of his life was his son, who died at an early age. Both stars are very competent and much of the film is devoted to the conflict between father and daughter. As I stated it must have played better at the time because now it is a museum piece that is not as compelling or as interesting as Paramount had hoped. This played at Capitolfest, Rome, NY, 8/19.

****** 6/10 - Website no longer prints my star rating.


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