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Kind Lady (1935)

Mary Herries is a rich woman with a habit of contributing to those less fortunate than her. On her way home from a concert on Christmas Eve she discovers a poor, would-be artist outside her... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ... Mary Herries
Basil Rathbone ... Henry Abbott
Mary Carlisle ... Phyllis
Frank Albertson ... Peter Santard
Dudley Digges ... Mr. Edwards
Doris Lloyd ... Lucy Weston
Nola Luxford Nola Luxford ... Rose
Murray Kinnell ... Doctor
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Edwards
Justine Chase Justine Chase ... Ada Abbott
Barbara Shields Barbara Shields ... Aggie Edwards
Donald Meek ... Mr. Foster
Frank Reicher ... Gustave Roubet
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Mary Herries is a rich woman with a habit of contributing to those less fortunate than her. On her way home from a concert on Christmas Eve she discovers a poor, would-be artist outside her estate. Mary takes pity on this artist, Henry Abbott, and gives him some food and money. After taking him in, she finds herself somewhat attracted to this artist; he is handsome, and quite knowledgeable of fine art, especially the paintings in Mary's extensive collection. However, when she discovers that Henry has both a wife and a small child that he is struggling to support, she gives him some money and hand-me downs, and sends him on his way. A few days later he shows up with some of his own paintings (which are absolutely awful) as well as some items he stole from Mary's house on Christmas Eve. Henry demands a large amount of money for his paintings, which Mary eventually pays. She then discovers that Henry has left his wife and baby outside, in the rain. His wife collapses and Mary, out of ... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Menace See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play of the same title upon which this film is based, opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., on April 23, 1935 and ran for 82 performances, plus another 20 at a different theater. A revival in 1940 ran for 107 performances. See more »

Quotes

Mary Herries: Good luck... and merry christmas.
Henry Abbott: Thank you!
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Connections

Remade as Kind Lady (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont (1857)
Played on a piano and sung at a gathering
Variations are part of the music score
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Definitely one to watch
19 December 2010 | by racliffSee all my reviews

I enjoy watching a lot of older movies. Most suspense films that have caught my eye are in part comedies. This one has an intensity that I seldom see in this period. The other reviews have done a super job of describing the performers, so no more here.

The story is so well done that it is almost painful to experience -- the feelings are .. don't do that .. how can they treat her the way they do .. why isn't someone helping .. etc, etc. Whether you will be able to 'enjoy' this production, may be part of your own preference, but everyone that has selected movies to watch from this period needs to watch this one.


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