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Beggars in Ermine (1934)

Passed | | Drama | 22 February 1934 (USA)
John Dawson loses control of his factory when he is crippled in an accident caused by a rival. Destitute, he travels the country organizing the homeless to help him regain control of his ... See full summary »

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writers:

Esther Lynd Day (novel), Tristram Tupper (screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Atwill ... John 'Flint' Dawson aka John Daniels
Betty Furness ... Joyce Dawson
Henry B. Walthall ... Marchant the Blind Man (as Henry B. Walthal)
Jameson Thomas ... James 'Jim' Marley (as Jamieson Thomas)
James Bush ... Lee Marley, Jim's Son
Astrid Allwyn ... Mrs. Vivian Dawson (as Astrid Allyn)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Joe Wilson (as George Hayes)
Stephen Gross Stephen Gross ... Scott Taggart, Joyce's Lawyer
Sam Godfrey Sam Godfrey ... Enright, Marley's Lawyer
Myrtle Stedman ... Nurse
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John Dawson loses control of his factory when he is crippled in an accident caused by a rival. Destitute, he travels the country organizing the homeless to help him regain control of his steel mill. Written by Arlene K. Witt <arlene@inx.net>

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They made him a pauper and he became a king! (Lobby card). See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Rei dos Mendigos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley & Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Cincinnati Monday 12 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in New York City Sunday 14 May 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Melodramatic & Rather Uneven Story of Retribution
1 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"Beggars in Ermine" is a very melodramatic and rather uneven story of retribution. There are some moments that are uplifting or at least interesting, but there are other times when it is excruciatingly implausible.

John "Flint" Dawson (Lionel Atwill) is a steel mill owner who believes in old-fashioned virtues. He cares about his employees, and has a plan to ensure a bright future for them and the mill. But one of his executives, James Marley (Jameson Thomas), has a different and sinister plan. In one quick series of events at the beginning of the film, Marley leaves Dawson's life in ruins and takes over the mill. For the rest of the movie, Dawson assumes a new identity as a beggar, and organizes his fellow beggars with the goal of eventually getting revenge on Marley. Much of what happens next has little believability, but there are some good moments.

Most of the cast is adequate, and besides the melodrama there are some good shots of the steel mill. There is a pretty good opening sequence that effectively establishes the feel of being in the mill as steel is being made. It does, however, lead the viewer to expect a serious drama, rather than the exaggerated story that follows.

While not believable enough to be effective as social commentary, this film might still have enough to be of interest to viewers who really enjoy good-versus-evil melodramas.


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