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Stolen Sweets (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 15 March 1934 (USA)
Wealthy but unhappy Patricia Belmont meets fun-loving insurance salesman Bill Smith (and his fun-loving friends Sam Ragland and Betty Harkness)on a ship cruise and falls in love, much to ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writer:

Karl Brown (story and screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Sally Blane ... Patricia Belmont
Charles Starrett ... Bill Smith
Jameson Thomas ... Barrington Thorne
Claude King ... Henry Belmont
John Harron ... Sam Ragland
Phillips Smalley ... Mr. Thorne
Polly Ann Young ... Betty Harkness
Tom Ricketts ... Stoner, the Bennet Butler
Aggie Herring ... The Cook
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Priscilla Prattleigh
Goodee Montgomery ... Mrs. Barrington Thorne
Maynard Holmes ... Phil Saunders
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Wealthy but unhappy Patricia Belmont meets fun-loving insurance salesman Bill Smith (and his fun-loving friends Sam Ragland and Betty Harkness)on a ship cruise and falls in love, much to the annoyance of her high-society, fortune-hunting fiancée Barrington Thorne. (When Bill and his friends visit the Bennett estate, Stoner, the butler, asks them to "Walk this way, please," and they oblige by imitating his bent-knee walk, in one of the first uses of this now-standard routine.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in San Francisco Thursday 12 March 1953 on KGO (Channel 7), in New York City Saturday 29 August 1953 on WABC (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles Thursday 3 September 1953 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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All's Fair In Love
15 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Sally Blane is the very properly brought up daughter of a wealthy family. She is returning from spending a lot of money in Paris. One evening she is standing on the A deck of the ship and drops her purse into a group of rowdy passengers on B deck. When they notice it, they pick it up curiously. When Miss Blane descends to collect it, they play a bit of Saloogie, then toss it over the railing, while her stuffy nurse calls them unpleasant things. Nonetheless, the ringleader, Charles Starrett talks her around, and by the time the ship docks, they are in love.... which puts a crimp in her plans to be married to dull, mildly obnoxious and even wealthier Jameson Thomas.

Richard Thorpe directs this unself-aware version oF HOLIDAY from a script by Karl Brown, with the thesis that the rich have everything, except freedom, fun and love. Miss Blane has led such a restricted life that she knows neither what she is missing, nor what she has. Starrett knows the value of hard work and both what he has and has not got, and his and Miss Blane's love for each other interferes with everyone's plans. Thorpe does what he can with this script. He gets good performances, he gets in some good compositions, but like many a script decrying the wealthy from people who know nothing of it, it's an execise of straw-man arguments, in which Miss Blane's father, Claude King, fights unfairly, because he can and it's the only way he has of winning.


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USA

Language:

English

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15 March 1934 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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