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A House Divided (1931)

In a small Pacific village, a widowed fisherman marries a girl young enough to be his daughter. Complications ensue when the new wife falls in love with her husband's son.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

John B. Clymer (screenplay), Dale Van Every (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Walter Huston ... Seth Law
Douglass Montgomery ... Matt Law (as Kent Douglass)
Helen Chandler ... Ruth Evans
Mary Foy ... Mary
Lloyd Ingraham ... Doctor
Charles Middleton ... Minister
Frank Hagney ... Big Bill
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In a small Pacific village, a widowed fisherman marries a girl young enough to be his daughter. Complications ensue when the new wife falls in love with her husband's son.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heart and Hand See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Although it was only William Wyler's third all talking film, Walter Huston had already appeared in two talking short subjects and 10 talking feature films. See more »

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Referenced in Home Improvement: A House Divided (1995) See more »

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Creaky creepy
2 October 2002 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Creaky but interesting melodrama powered by Walter Huston's performance as a brute and a dynamite action ending. Although Wyler's direction is not as sure as it would be later, it is interesting to note that, for the most accomplished studio director of all time, a man said to operate without a style of his own, a lot of images that show up in his later films (particularly WUTHERING HEIGHTS and THE LITTLE FOXES) also show up here.


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