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Jalna (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 9 August 1935 (USA)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Johnson ... Alayne Archer Whiteoaks
Ian Hunter ... Renny Whiteoak
C. Aubrey Smith ... Uncle Nicholas Whiteoak
Nigel Bruce ... Maurice Vaughan
David Manners ... Eden Whiteoak
Peggy Wood ... Meg Whiteoak
Jessie Ralph ... Gran Whiteoak
Theodore Newton ... Piers Whiteoak
Halliwell Hobbes ... Uncle Ernest Whiteoak
George Offerman Jr. ... Finch Whiteoak
Clifford Severn ... Wakefield Whiteoak
Molly Lamont ... Pheasant Vaughan Whiteoak
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrester Harvey ... Rags, the Butler-Chauffeur
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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1935 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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George Offerman, Jr. replaced Junior Durkin in this film after Durkin was killed in a car wreck. Jackie Coogan's father was also killed in the wreck. See more »

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Version of Jalna (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1730)
Played on piano by C. Aubrey Smith
Sung by the Whiteoaks family at Christmas
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Intertwined Love Stories and Lives
3 January 2003 | by Alix1929See all my reviews

If you get the chance to see JALNA don't miss it! You will find yourself drawn into the story of the Whiteoaks family of Canada almost from the first. The family consists of very distinct, eccentric characters which makes the story interesting. Gran is the 99 year old matriarch with a crabby parrot named Boney as a pet. Don't let Gran fool you--she's a smart old bird, just like the parrot! Renny, Piers and Eden Whiteoaks are the three brothers who's love stories intertwine. Alayne Archer and Phesant Vaughn are the two ladies. Hmmm...three men and two ladies--yes, that's where the plot starts to thicken. How's this for a twist--the Whiteoaks' sister Meg was jilted years before by Phesant's father, Maurice, but both still have feelings for each other. The screenwriters expertly intertwine the romances of Renny, Piers, Eden, Alayne, Phesant, Meg and Maurice and the story does not disappoint.

Although this movie boasts a fine cast, Kay Johnson as Alayne, Ian Hunter as Renny, Nigel Bruce as Maurice, C. Aubrey Smith as Uncle Nicholas, Halliwell Hobbes as Uncle Earnest and David Manners as Eden, the character that really steals the show is Gran, played with just the right comedic touch by Jessie Ralph. What a mixture of spice, pepper and wisdom, all rolled up under a lace cap! Gran gets most of the funny lines, and mugs outrageously for the camera. You forgive her though, because she's such a wise old soul.

I think if you visit Jalna, you will not come away disappointed. This movie appears occasionally on Turner Classic Movies so keep your eyes peeled.


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