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Jealousy (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 23 November 1934 (USA)
Larry O'Roark is a boxer who's insanely posssesive and jealous of his fiancee, Jo. the sight of her and her employer, Mr. Lambert, at ringside during his big fight distracts Larry and he is... See full summary »

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Argyle Campbell (play) (as Argyll Campbell), Kubec Glasmon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Nancy Carroll ... Josephine 'Jo' Douglas O'Roarke
George Murphy ... Larry O'Roarke
Donald Cook ... Mark Lambert
Raymond Walburn ... Phil
Arthur Hohl ... Mike Callahan
Inez Courtney ... Penny
Robert Allen ... Jim Rainey
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Douglas
Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Smith
Josephine Whittell ... Laura
Arthur Vinton ... Tony
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Hook
Ray Cooke ... Line
Huey White Huey White ... Sinker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fayard Nicholas ... Dance Specialty (scenes deleted)
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Larry O'Roark is a boxer who's insanely posssesive and jealous of his fiancee, Jo. the sight of her and her employer, Mr. Lambert, at ringside during his big fight distracts Larry and he is knocked out. He then promises never to be jealous again and marries Jo. When she realizes that they're broke she asks Lambert for a job (she had quit on marrying Larry.) One thing leads to another and Larry, enraged with jealousy, end up killing Lambert. He then wanders off in a daze, and Jo takes the rap for the murder. Larry descends from his amnesiac fog just in time to interrupt the announcement of the jury's verdict in Jo's trial. then it's off to the chair for Larry. Or is it? Written by Cameron Majidi <cmaj@prolifics.com>

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Drama

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spring Three One Hundred See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Movie Revised For the Production Code
9 December 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

George Murphy is a prizefighter. Nancy Carroll is a secretary, working for Donald Cook. Murphy and Miss Carroll are in love, so they get married. Murphy, however, is insanely jealous of Miss Carroll, leading to a tragic conclusion.

It's one of those early movies under the Production Code which clearly have been altered, so that the ending is turned into mush. Until then, however, it's an interesting if improbable story, well directed by Roy Williams Neill, with the sort of interesting cast that Columbia would occasionally put together for their few A pictures, mostly interesting for the uncredited talent, including the Nicholas Brothers, Lucille Ball, Max Asher, and Phil Dunham: talent so new they don't rate a screen credit, or so forgotten they're no more than background fillers. Even the top talent shows the constant turmoil in Hollywood, with Murphy beginning a career, and Miss Carroll, still lovely and talented, past her best days.

As such it is an unremarkable if watchable effort. However, visually there's something interesting going on. Although most of the camerawork is highly competent under the direction of cinematographer John Stumar, there are stirring of what would become film noir standards, with dramatic shadows shown on walls, and the leads shot with prison bars or wire mesh breaking up their images into shattered bits. Film Noir hadn't begun in 1934; even its antecedents in French Poetic Realism had not yet reached its flowering under the direction of artists like Marcel Carné and Julien Duvivier. It would be strands like these visual touches that would become part of Noir's foundation, only not yet.


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