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Kept Husbands
     

Kept Husbands

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Cast: Dorothy Mackaill, Joel McCrea, Robert McWade

 

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In this drama, a blue collar steelworker marries a wealthy socialite. It all begins after he saves two workers during a factory accident. To thank him, the boss invites him to dinner where he meets the boss's lovely daughter. She is so impressed by him that she vows that he will be hers in one month. She is correct and they marry. Unfortunately, he finds that her

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In this drama, a blue collar steelworker marries a wealthy socialite. It all begins after he saves two workers during a factory accident. To thank him, the boss invites him to dinner where he meets the boss's lovely daughter. She is so impressed by him that she vows that he will be hers in one month. She is correct and they marry. Unfortunately, he finds that her appetite for extravagances is insatiable. This begins to wear him down, financially and emotionally until he becomes a 'kept husband.' Eventually he convinces her to settle down, respect him, and live on his humble salary with no help from her wealthy papa.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A moderately amusing trifle, Kept Husbands is worth watching for a very young Joel McCrea and the little-seen Dorothy Mackaill. McCrea had a very long and successful career in movies, and seeing him this early in the game is a lot of fun; he's a bit unformed, not quite as sure of himself as he would very shortly become, but there's still that combination of steely stubbornness and vulnerability that would serve him well in future films. He handles the assignment well, although many modern viewers will find his character insufferable; indeed, the "man's role-Woman's role" dialogue will irk quite a few. Mackaill is also fun to watch. A former chorus girl who had a special beauty, her film career never really took off, but she has a unique flair. One suspects that her dramatic range was not unlimited, but she fits this part well and manages to keep the spoiled brat aspect of the character at bay and emphasize her considerable charms instead. As stated, the plot is quite dated, and there's little reality to the screenplay. The drama is bit overblown, but there are a few scenes that have a nice ring to them.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
UPC:
0089218497192
Original Release:
1931
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:15:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorothy Mackaill Dorothy "Dot" Parker
Joel McCrea Dick Brunton
Robert McWade Arthur Parker
Florence Roberts Mrs. Henrietta Parker
Clara Kimball Young Mrs. Post
Mary Carr Mrs. Brunton
Lita Chevret Gwen
Ned Sparks Hughie
Bryant Washburn Charlie Bates
Freeman Wood Mr. Post

Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
William Le Baron Producer
Forrest Halsey Screenwriter
Alfred Jackson Screenwriter
Jack MacKenzie Cinematographer
George Marsh Editor
Ann McKnight Editor
Louis Sarecky Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kept Husbands
1. Chapter 1 [1:03]
2. Chapter 2 [9:28]
3. Chapter 3 [14:29]
4. Chapter 4 [9:39]
5. Chapter 5 [10:33]
6. Chapter 6 [20:29]

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