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Cecil B. DeMille
Nellie Rimplegar has to tell her grown children that due to her bungled handling of their finances, the family has been wiped out by the Stock Market crash. Friend and family doctor, Alan Stevens, tells them they'll all need to eliminate their extravagant ways and get jobs. Stevens also rents a room in their house more as a way to be near pretty Elizabeth Rimplegar, than to help their finances. Stevens faces competition from Elizabeth's beau, Ronald, a free-loading writer who remains oblivious to her money woes.Written by
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This film was based on a play that ran at Broadway's Cort Theatre from March to May of 1933. Elizabeth Rimplegar, the character played by Claudette Colbert in the movie, was portrayed by 36 year-old Ruth Gordon on stage. This was the same Ruth Gordon who went on to play character roles in movies in later years, including memorable parts in Rosemary's Baby and Harold and Maude. See more »
Sweepin' the Clouds Away
Music by Sam Coslow
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Lively comedy pokes gentle fun at slightly wacky family
Claudette Colbert leads a strong cast in this tale of a once-wealthy family adjusting to life after the family fortune has evaporated.
Mary Boland is excellent as the widowed mother—not really equipped to manage finances, she put all of their money into a failed mine called the Three Cornered Moon and doesn't quite know how to tell the kids they are broke. Colbert is her daughter, engaged to a rather useless aspiring novelist but not afraid to go out and find a job herself.
There are also three grown sons, most notably Wallace Ford in an admirable performance as an earnest go-getter with girl trouble who spouts great lines like, "From now on, I'm gonna be absolutely independent of everybody. That reminds me, I gotta ask Mother for some money."
Richard Arlen has a key role as a doctor friend of Colbert. Hearing of the family's troubles, he moves right into their house to help them out by contributing some rent and also, it seems, to be around Claudette more.
It's a mildly silly comedy, for the most part, but has a couple of serious moments, especially the scene where Colbert finally sees through her deadbeat writer boyfriend (Hardie Albright): "You've failed me!" she gasps, devastated, when he returns home late one afternoon having skipped a job interview and bought her flowers instead.
Charming rather than side-splitting, it's a very entertaining family comedy, thanks to excellent characterizations from all.
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