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The House on 56th Street (1933)

Passed | | Drama, History | 23 December 1933 (USA)
It is the World War I period, and Peggy Martin, a showgirl and mistress to London Fiske, marries her love, handsome Monte Van Tyle. They move into the house on 56th street and have a baby, ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

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

It is the World War I period, and Peggy Martin, a showgirl and mistress to London Fiske, marries her love, handsome Monte Van Tyle. They move into the house on 56th street and have a baby, Eleanor. Monte enlists in the army and is killed in action. Peggy is revisited by Fiske who wants her back or he'll commit suicide. She refuses his advances and the gun he brought accidentally goes off killing him. Peggy is convicted with murdered and jailed. Eleanor is told her mother is dead. Twenty years later, Peggy is released and meets gambler, Bill Blaine. The house on 56th street is now a gambling house owned by politician, Bonelli. Bill and Peggy get jobs there. Eleanor comes to visit them, and goes with Bill into his office. Bill threatens Eleanor, now a huge gambler, that he'll tell her husband about her huge debts. Eleanor kills Bill and Peggy takes the blame. Bonelli believes Peggy is innocent and offers to help her if she only stays at the house on 56th street. Written by Kelly

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She does them wrong in the right way!

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Francis turned the deck of cards sideways so she could check for shaved cards. Shaved cards allows the dealer to be able to feel the odd sized cards so they can tell the suit of the card. See more »

Goofs

After Peggy is released from prison, there is a montage of Times Square. Many of the shots are flipped/reversed, as the large billboard for Pepsodent toothpaste is backwards, for example. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Van Tyle Burgess: I never expected you to be my friend.
Peggy Martin Van Tyle: Perhaps some day you'll look back and see that I was the best friend you ever had.
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Soundtracks

The Can-Can
(1858) (uncredited)
from "Orpheus in the Underworld"
Written by Jacques Offenbach
Performed in a show at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, France
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Silly, but Kay Francis always a treat
18 October 2019 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

Kay Francis is as silky and dazzling as ever, but the plot to this film is a mess. It flits along melodramatically in its 68 minute run time, and we see Kay in three roles (chorus girl, socialite, and card sharp) as well as with three leading men (Gene Raymond, John Halliday, and Ricardo Cortez). There are several plot points which strain credibility, but there are also a few fine moments here and there. Had the film not tried to do as many things and had a little more depth, it would have been better, so if you're a Kay Francis it's worth a watch, but probably not otherwise. Oh, and gotta love that ending, which while unbelievable and silly, was only possible pre-Code.


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