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Prosperity (1932)

In 1925, John becomes President of the prosperous Warren Bank when Maggie retires. Six years later, John, Helen and the two children are happy in their home, but the two mother-in-laws are ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Sylvia Thalberg (story), Frank Butler (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Dressler ... Maggie Warren
Polly Moran ... Lizzie Praskins
Anita Page ... Helen Praskins Warren
Norman Foster ... John Warren
John Miljan ... Holland
Jackie Lyn Dufton Jackie Lyn Dufton ... Cissy Warren (as Jacquie Lyn)
Jerry Tucker ... Buster Warren
Charles Giblyn Charles Giblyn ... Mayor
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Erza Higgins
Henry Armetta ... Henry, a Barber
John Roche ... Knapp, Holland's Cohort
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Storyline

In 1925, John becomes President of the prosperous Warren Bank when Maggie retires. Six years later, John, Helen and the two children are happy in their home, but the two mother-in-laws are still bickering. When Lizzy inadvertently starts a run on the bank, it closes when Maggie learns that John has done what she had told him never to do - used the bank bonds for a get rich quick scheme. To gain some money for the depositors, Maggie and John sell everything that they have and move in with Lizzy, who hounds them every day. Their only hope for a normal life is to get the bonds back from the crooks that have them. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Those furiously funny females are back again! (Print Ad, Grape Belt and Chautauqua Farmer, ((Dunkirk, NY)) 9 December 1932)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prosperidade See more »

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Budget:

$628,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Anita Page's last film for MGM. See more »

Goofs

When John goes to leave Lizzie's house, Maggie stops him at the front door. John is between Maggie and the door. But in the next shot Maggie is between the door and John - their positions have switched. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie Praskins: One more word from you and I'll forget I'm a lady.
[lifts plate to throw at Maggie]
Maggie Warren: Why not? Everybody else has.
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Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929)
Written by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager
Played as background music during the opening credits and at the end
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Propensity
18 January 2016 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This movie has a propensity towards tedium and confusion. Also a propensity to omit comedy from nearly every situation that required it. It was dull and annoying and unfunny, and raises a cogent question; who wrote this mess?

Aha! a quick scan of the credits reveals that it was written by the sister of Irving Thalberg, Head of Production at MGM. The poor woman apparently had no feel for comedy or continuity, and they stuck Marie Dressler into the abyss, hoping she could make a silk purse out of this sow's ear.

Marie Dressler was one of our premier comediennes of the silent-into-sound era; she may have been The Best, and it's always a treat to see her, even in dreck like this. She got no help from one of her former sidekicks, Polly Moran, who was shrewish and strident in an unrewarding role. I am awarding my rating of four based on the welcome addition into the cast of the great Marie Dressler.


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