7.2/10
21
1 user 1 critic

Christopher Bean (1933)

When the painter Christopher Bean dies, some unscrupulous art dealers try to get several of his paintings cheaply from a family who have no idea of their value.

Director:

Sam Wood
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Marie Dressler ... Abby
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Milton Haggett
Helen Mack ... Susan Haggett
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Hannah Haggett
Russell Hardie ... Warren Creamer
Jean Hersholt ... Rosen
H.B. Warner ... Maxwell Davenport
Helen Shipman Helen Shipman ... Ada Haggett
George Coulouris ... Tallent
Ellen Lowe Ellen Lowe ... Maid
Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery
Emma (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After decades of raising the motherless Smith children, housekeeper Emma Thatcher is faced with resentment when she marries their father.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Marie Dressler, Richard Cromwell, Jean Hersholt
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Government agent finds romance while investigating a fraudulent sweepstakes racket.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Preston Foster, Irene Hervey, Inez Courtney
Politics (1931)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Middle-aged widow Hattie Burns becomes fed up when local small-town politicians ignore corruption and decides to run for mayor herself.

Director: Charles Reisner
Stars: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Roscoe Ates
Tugboat Annie (1933)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Annie the tugboat captain tries to help two young lovers come together.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Robert Young
Soup to Nuts (1930)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mr. Schmidt's costume store is bankrupt because he spends his time on Rube Goldberg-style inventions. The creditors send a young manager who falls for Schmidt's niece Louise, but she'll ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Stars: Ted Healy, Charles Winninger, Frances McCoy
The Champ I (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich
Min and Bill (1930)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Min, the owner of a dockside hotel, is forced to make difficult decisions about the future of Nancy, the young woman she took in as an infant.

Director: George W. Hill
Stars: Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Dorothy Jordan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

J. Hugh Ramsey, author of "Marriage, the Living Death" decides that the marriage of his friends The Bigelows cannot possibly be as perfect as it appears.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Charles Ruggles, Mary Boland, Adolphe Menjou
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Falling in love with the aristocratic Sylvia Robertson (Elizabeth Allen), Max poses as a European prince, enlisting the aid of an amiable Ruritanian monarch (Lawrence Grossmith) who owes him a favor.

Director: Alexander Korda
Stars: Leslie Howard, George Grossmith, Benita Hume
Our Town (1940)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter
F.B.I. Girl (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A governor planning to run for U.S. Senate has a secret past that could prove damaging to his political aspirations: he's a convicted murderer, and that will come to light if the FBI does ... See full summary »

Director: William Berke
Stars: Cesar Romero, George Brent, Audrey Totter
Edit

Storyline

When the painter Christopher Bean dies, some unscrupulous art dealers try to get several of his paintings cheaply from a family who have no idea of their value.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

lost film | based on play | See All (2) »

Taglines:

TOGETHER AT LAST! - the two best loved characters on the Screen! (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany, NY)) 18 November 1933) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The last film appearance of Marie Dressler. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Mind the Paint (1933) See more »

User Reviews

 
Dressler's swan song

"The Late Christopher Bean" is a weak comedy-drama, notably only as the last film of the beloved character actress Marie Dressler. Like Lon Chaney in his last film (and for similar reasons), Dressler gives a poor performance here, because her body was riddled with the cancer that would soon kill her. But there are still a few flashes of her old brilliance.

The Haggetts are a "respectable" family who have fallen onto hard times but are keeping up appearances. Years ago, they took in a lodger who was also Doctor Haggett's tubercular and alcoholic patient. The lodger was Christopher Bean, an obscure painter who shows no promise of artistic greatness. The snobbish Haggetts look down on Bean. One of his paintings is pressed into service to patch a leaky roof, another consigned to the chicken-house, while daughter Ada paints on the back of yet another. Bean's only friend in the Haggett household is Abby, the kind-hearted cook played by Marie Dressler. Eventually, Christopher Bean dies, broke and obscure ... but not before Abby poses for a portrait. Bean bequeaths this last painting (his masterpiece) to Abby, who treasures the worthless artwork as a memento of her dear friend.

All of the above takes place before the movie starts, as backstory. Time has passed. Christopher Bean's artistic talents have been recognised (after his death, of course), and now his paintings are valuable. The Haggetts, who never had any use for Bean when he lived under their (leaky) roof, now scheme to trick Abby out of the portrait so that they can sell it. Heart-of-gold Abby has no interest in money: she wants to keep the painting because it's her only memento of her friend Christopher Bean ... or was he perhaps more than merely a friend?

Despite her poor health here, Dressler shows a few sparks of her talent in one scene as she recalls how the artist taught her to appreciate colour and light. Near the film's end, one scene is poignant for the wrong reason. Abby's trunk is packed as she prepares to leave the Haggetts' home forever. Dressler (only a few months away from death) repeatedly says good- bye while nobody pays attention.

George Coulouris (in his usual weasel mode, as a confidence trickster) and Beulah Bondi (less sympathetic than usual) repeat their roles from the Broadway cast. Helen Mack deftly handles a role that's in deepest cliché, as the ingenue yearning to elope with a handsome young artist (Russell Hardie) who is of course deeply talented. Just once, I'd like to see a movie in which the handsome young artist has no talent at all. As the head of the household, Lionel Barrymore's performance has an interesting character arc: he starts out as a selfless physician, then gradually succumbs to greed as he learns how valuable Bean's paintings are.

"The Late Christopher Bean" makes some very obvious points which aren't necessarily true. I give this film 3 points out of 10, and one of those points is for Sam Wood's brisk direction.


11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Sweetheart, Christopher Bean See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed