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West of Broadway (1931)

Jerry Seevers returns from World War I service broken in health and his doctor tells him he has only six months to live. His fiancée jilts him and he sets out to drink himself to death. In ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Ralph Graves (story), Bess Meredyth (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Jerry Stevens
El Brendel ... Axel 'Swede' Axelson
Lois Moran ... Dot Stevens
Madge Evans ... Anne
Ralph Bellamy ... Mac - The Ranch Foreman
Frank Conroy ... Judge Barham
Gwen Lee ... Maizie
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Edith Trent
Ruth Renick ... Barbara Main
Willie Fung ... Wing - the Cook
John Miljan ... Norm
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Storyline

Jerry Seevers returns from World War I service broken in health and his doctor tells him he has only six months to live. His fiancée jilts him and he sets out to drink himself to death. In one of his binges he wakes up to find himself married to what the assumes is a gold-digger after his money. He leaves her and goes to a ranch in Arizona and get rid of his new bride, who is really in love with him. He sets up divorce proceedings and then realizes he actually loves her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ett nattligt äventyr See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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The review of this film in the Motion Picture Herald edition of 22 August 1931 stated "...the picture may be described as the most monotonous piece of cinematic stupidity ever recorded." See more »

Goofs

The story takes place immediately after WWI, circa 1919, but all of the women's hairstyles and fashions, as well as the popular music, is strictly 1931. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Stevens: [greeting her the following morning, after the sham marriage he's foisted on her] Well, I was pretty well swacked last night.
Dot Stevens: Yeah, when you started to see those pink elephants, I thought I'd have to call for an animal trainer.
Jerry Stevens: Haha. You're a nice girl, and I'm terribly relieved. Now, you're gonna' look at matters sensibly, aren't you?
Dot Stevens: [a bit confused] What are you driving at, Jerry?
Jerry Stevens: Well, any settlement you want will be made, of course. And the divorce will be arranged quietly.
Dot Stevens: [taken aback] Well...
[...]
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Over There
(uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Played by the band at the docks.
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Vanishing Stars
16 July 2013 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

"West of Broadway" is a fascinating movie for film buffs, an opportunity to watch two stars, John Gilbert and Lois Moran, who would soon vanish from the screen for totally different reasons. John Gilbert made "West of Broadway" after plummeting from silent screen stardom via a series of embarrassingly bad "talkies." The myth that it was Gilbert's high, squeaky voice that wrecked his career is palpably untrue. He had a rich, robust voice which he put to good use both in this picture and his dual role as a Houdini-like magician and a malevolent marquis in his other good "talkie," "The Phantom of Paris." But he couldn't overcome the hatred of Louis B. Mayer whom he openly ridiculed, a growing taste for booze and a heart condition -- and he died of cardiac arrest at the age of 39. Had he lived, he almost certainly would have found a second shot at stardom as a character actor. His co-star, Lois Moran, was also a silent screen player who'd made the transition to sound -- and made it splendidly. She was blithe, funny, winsome and charismatic. But she fell in love, married aviation pioneer Clarence M. Young, the assistant Secretary of Commerce under presidents Hoover and FDR, and "West of Broadway" was her last screen appearance for nearly 25 years. Otherwise, there's every likelihood that she'd have enjoyed a lusty career in screwball comedy. As for "West of Broadway," it centers on a wealthy young war hero who comes home, gets jilted, gets drunk, marries the first girl he meets and escapes to his ranch out west. That's where she shows up, smitten with him. Sure,the plot is pitted with potholes, but somehow Gilbert and Moran manage to make it remarkably entertaining and more than just a chapter in motion picture lore.


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