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Rockabye (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 25 November 1932 (USA)
Actress Judy Carroll, from the gas-house district has been trained, educated and developed so well by her manager, that not even the publicity-seeking world of the theater has guessed her ... See full summary »

Directors:

George Cukor, George Fitzmaurice (uncredited)

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screen play), Lucia Bronder (from the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Judy Carroll
Joel McCrea ... Jacobs Van Riker Pell
Paul Lukas ... Antonie de Sola
Jobyna Howland ... 'Snooks' Carroll
Walter Pidgeon ... Al Howard
Clara Blandick ... Brida
Walter Catlett ... Jimmy Dunn
Virginia Hammond ... Mrs. Van Riker Pell
J.M. Kerrigan ... Fagin
June Filmer ... Elizabeth
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Storyline

Actress Judy Carroll, from the gas-house district has been trained, educated and developed so well by her manager, that not even the publicity-seeking world of the theater has guessed her antecedents. But she has not loved well or wisely as she learns when she tries to adopt a baby. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Glamorous...Glorious...in the story of a girl who fought for love...and lost! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free, White and 21 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO bought the rights of the play from Gloria Swanson. Director George Fitzmaurice was borrowed from MGM and Phillips Holmes (in the role later played by Joel McCrea) from Paramount. The finished film was considered so bad that George Cukor was summoned by Selznick to direct two weeks of retakes, with McCrea taking over Holmes'role. See more »

Quotes

Jacobs Van Riker Pell: Well, my wife and I are being divorced in October.
Judy Carroll: What year?
Jacobs Van Riker Pell: This year, darling.
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Soundtracks

A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb
Sung by Jobyna Howland a cappella
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Gorgeous Constance Bennett
15 August 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Gorgeous Constance Bennett was a major star of the early 30s and gave several excellent performances (What Price Hollywood? and others) yet she never won an Oscar nomination. She specialized in playing suffering women (as did Kay Francis) in women's pictures—never the kinds of roles that won big awards. In Rockabye, Bennett plays a stage actress who is implicated in a sleazy affair (with Walter Pigeon) where money was involved. In a terrific court- room scene, Bennett blurts out that the baby she is adopting is not Pigeon's child, which is what the prosecutor was trying to establish. Although she tells the truth the newspapers splash nasty headlines about her and the adopted baby is taken away. She flees to Europe where she finds a new play to do on Broadway. She gets involved with the playwright (Joel McCrea) and returns to Broadway in triumph. But that's not the ending.

This briskly paced film is a terrific little pre-Code drama that boasts a wonderful performance by Bennett. McCrea is also very good. Paul Lukas is OK as the love-struck manager. Walter Pigeon has a small role in the opening scenes. Jobyna Howland is a hoot as Bennett's mother. Clara Blandick is the housekeeper, Charles Middleton is the prosecutor, Virginia Hammond is McCrea's mother, Walter Catlett is a barfly, and Sterling Holloway is the night clubber who keeps asking for "Poor Butterfly." And little June Filmer is wonderful as the baby.

Bennett has a few excellent dramatic scenes, gets to sing a jazz number, and then there are all those balloons!


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