Beggars in Ermine (1934)

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John Dawson loses control of his factory when he is crippled in an accident caused by a rival. Destitute, he travels the country organizing the homeless to help him regain control of his ... See full summary »


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Director:

Phil Rosen

Writers:

Esther Lynd Day (novel), Tristram Tupper (screenplay and dialogue)

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1 November 2008 | JohnHowardReid
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| Naive, Nonsensical Non-Film-Noir
Beggars in Ermine would seem to hold all the hallmarks of honest-to-goodness noir – Lionel Atwill in the lead, supported by vivacious Betty Furness and down-at-heels Henry B. Walthall, with darkly despicable Jameson Thomas as the well-spoken villain – but fails to come across, partly due to Phil Rosen's limp direction but mostly to an odd, yet dated script that is more concerned with making extremely naive social and money-market statements than advancing a potentially engaging plot (it does come to life once or twice). Even Atwill is defeated by all the soft-soap dialogue the script hands him (and he seems ill-at-ease playing the hero, a casting switch that forces him to forsake all his usual vocal and facial effects. True, he does revert to a shadow of his menacing self at the climax – but only for a good cause. For the rest of the movie he exerts himself as a smiling social worker – yes, social worker! – and half-baked philosopher). By Monogram standards, the movie was obviously lensed on a sizable budget, but frankly, on this script, it was money wasted.

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Release Date:

22 February 1934

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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