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Five and Ten (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 13 June 1931 (USA)
After her businessman father moves her family from Kansas City to New York, a woman falls in love with an engaged man.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)

Writers:

Fannie Hurst (from the book by), Edith Fitzgerald (dialogue continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Jennifer Rarick
Leslie Howard ... Berry Rhodes
Richard Bennett ... John Rarick
Irene Rich ... Jenny Rarick
Douglass Montgomery ... Avery Rarick (as Kent Douglass)
Mary Duncan ... Muriel Preston
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Storyline

John owns the largest chain of five and ten cent stores in the country. He moves his family to New York from Kansas City and their life, though grand, is falling apart due to his constant working. Wife and mother Jenny is lonely. Son Avery hates his job. Daughter Jennifer is snubbed by classmate Muriel and her friends. At a charity bazaar, Jennifer meets Berry and sparks are evident. However, he is engaged to Muriel and Muriel will make sure that she, and only she, marries Berry. After the marriage, Berry still thinks of Jennifer as Jennifer thinks of Berry. Avery laments about the state of his family since they were happy in Kansas City. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daughter of Luxury See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The Marion Davies character of Jennifer Rarick is called "poor little rich girl," a nickname attached to heiress Barbara Hutton, on whom her character is based. See more »

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At the end of the film, the ship the Raricks are depicted as sailing on is shown as two different liners - the first with two funnels and the second and last one with three. See more »

Quotes

Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: Here, let's get out of this before she gets suspicious and comes around.
Jennifer Rarick: Well, where would we go?
Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: I know the very place! It's really just around the corner and it will only take us a moment to get there. The most marvelous music and wine that's guaranteed to make you...
Jennifer Rarick: Yes?
Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: Well, it will make you.
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Crazy Credits

The main title lists the film's name in all lower-case letters: "five and ten". See more »

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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
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Not a bad way to spend an hour and then some...
11 July 2012 | by cbryce59See all my reviews

It is not a great pre-code film, but I gave it a 7 mostly because I enjoy Marion Davies.

I also like Leslie Howard as a rule, but in this case, I don't think he and Marion are a good fit; I can't see why she is so head over heels with his character. He does the usual priggish brush-off at one point, calling her nothing more than a cheap rich girl. Good grief, the men were prigs in a lot of these films, always lecturing and indignant, no matter how badly they had behaved up that point.

Marion has such a beautiful face, I can see why she was such a popular silent actress. As always she is dressed beautifully. And she does a good job here, her voice is good, not sign of a stutter.

I know most reviewers gave high marks to Douglass Montgomery, but I found him to be very stilted and stagey in the role of the son. Part of that is due to the lines he was forced to say, I will give him that. I found Richard Bennett to be stiff and actorly as well, but I will take into consideration the style of acting at that time, especially for the older actors who had been on the stage for many years.

All in all, a good enough drama.


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