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The Struggle (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 10 December 1931 (USA)
A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism.

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

Anita Loos (from the screen story by), John Emerson (from the screen story by)
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Cast overview:
Hal Skelly ... Jimmie Wilson
Zita Johann ... Florrie Wilson
Charlotte Wynters ... Nina
Evelyn Baldwin Evelyn Baldwin ... Nan Wilson
Jackson Halliday Jackson Halliday ... Johnnie Marshall
Edna Hagan Edna Hagan ... Mary Wilson
Claude Cooper Claude Cooper ... Sam
Arthur Lipson Arthur Lipson ... Cohen
Charles Richman ... Mr. Craig
Helen Mack ... A Catty Girl
Scott Moore Scott Moore ... Al - A Gigolo
Dave Manley Dave Manley ... Tony - A Mill Worker
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A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Nights in a Bar Room See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Clumsy but touching.
6 April 2007 | by geraldinehawkinsSee all my reviews

I'm glad to see that the previous comments have been charitable. It's interesting that Griffith was filming the same type of story back in 1909 at Biograph. There are several characteristic Griffith touches in this film -- for instance, the tenderness of the wife when her husband first comes home drunk to her, and in the penultimate scene at his bedside. I'm sorry this picture never had a general release because it is well worth seeing. Chaplin made a silent film as late as 1931; perhaps Griffith should have taken a chance and done that with "The Struggle," because it may have worked better as a silent. References are made to the early days of Griffith's career in the opening scenes of the film; 1911 would seem to have been more remote to a 1931 audience than, perhaps, 1987 seems to us today. A fascinating film.


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