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The House on 56th Street (1933)

This movie opens in 1905, when showgirl and daughter of a deceased gambler Peggy Martin falls in love with Monte Van Tyle and breaks the news to lover Fiske that she is leaving him. She and... See full summary »

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Robert Florey

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Austin Parker (screen play), Sheridan Gibney (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Peggy Martin
Ricardo Cortez ... Bill Blaine
Gene Raymond ... Monty Van Tyle
John Halliday ... Lyndon Fiske
Margaret Lindsay ... Eleanor Van Tyle Burgess
Frank McHugh ... Chester Hunt
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Bonelli (as William Boyd)
Hardie Albright ... Henry Burgess
Sheila Terry ... Dolly
Phillip Reed ... Freddy
Philip Faversham ... Gordon
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Dr. Wyman
Nella Walker ... Eleanor Van Tyle
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Storyline

This movie opens in 1905, when showgirl and daughter of a deceased gambler Peggy Martin falls in love with Monte Van Tyle and breaks the news to lover Fiske that she is leaving him. She and Monte marry and move into the title house, where Peggy says she "wants to live forever." They live an idyllic life for several years, have baby Eleanor, and life is beautiful. Then Fiske comes back and tells Peggy he is dying and wants her to be with him. She refuses, he gets desperate and tries to shoot himself, they struggle and he is shot dead. Peggy is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years. She tells the faithful Monte to someday tell Eleanor she died in jail. Time passes, Monte dies in WWI, Peggy is finally released. Her mother-in-law left her $5,000 in her will, so Peggy gets a makeover and goes on a cruise, where she meets Bill Blaine, a crooked gambler. They team up and make scads of money all over the world cheating suckers. They end up in New York and take jobs at a ... Written by ginnybabe

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She does them wrong in the right way!

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Haus in der 56. Straße See more »

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Budget:

$211,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two actors listed in studio records for the play "The House on 56th Street (1933)" never did appear. These were (with their character names): Samuel S. Hinds (Curtis) and Theodore Newton (Freddie). See more »

Goofs

The film opens in 1905, at a performance of Florodora. However, this show, which opened on Broadway in 1900, would have closed several years before 1905. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Martin Van Tyle: [Handing back a card] You better keep this. The ace of spades has never brought me any luck.
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The Fountain in the Park
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Short but successful
15 May 2014 | by a666333See all my reviews

I interpret this not as a full length feature but as a one hour front end of double feature (which would be preceded by a cartoon and a newsreel). In other words, you could call it a B movie. Seen that way, it is almost perfect. It is short and uncomplicated but manages to engage you and deliver a twist at the end.

It starts out looking like it will be another Kay Francis light romantic comedy along with the usual accompanying fashion show. Certain, she parades quite a collection of hats in the opening 20 minutes or so. Then the melodrama and angst kicks in and it becomes clear that this is no comedy.

It is not profound and opens no new paths in movie making. It sets out to entertain and deliver on expectations but manages to give something extra. You come away satisfied that you have seen a good movie but not so tired and engaged that you can't watch the back half of the double feature.

Kay Francis delivers what you would expect from her. In 1933, people went to see her movies expecting certain things and they get them plus some additional and effectively portrayed moods and emotion as a bonus. However, I must say that she is not as stunning and glamorous as she was in many of her other movies but that could be appropriate and deliberate here. The rest of the cast is up to their tasks. There isn't enough material for any of them to actually shine. The movie moves quickly and covers more than one time period.

Overall, a very successful B movie.


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