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The drunkard

Author: Bert SternbachAl MartinAlbert HermanLouis WeissEdward LindenAll authors
Publisher: United States : Distributed by Stage and Screen Productions, ©1935.
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : English
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"A team of down-and-out theatrical producers decides to stage a production of the Victorian melodrama The drunkard in a music hall and force their idle relatives to perform the play. The play's program encourages the beer-drinking audience to 'hiss the villain' and 'applaud the hero, ' and throughout the performance, the audience yells epithets at the players. The play's story concerns the widow Wilson and her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Features
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Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bert Sternbach; Al Martin; Albert Herman; Louis Weiss; Edward Linden; Cliff Ruberg; Lee Zahler; Holbrook Todd; James Murray; Clara Kimball Young; Theodore Lorch; Eric Mayne; Geri Foster; Snub Pollard; Pat O'Malley; Gertrude Astor; Janet Chandler; Bryant Washburn; George Stuart; Shirley Jean; Vane Calvert; Victor Potel; Lafe McKee; Bobby Nelson; John Elliott; Helen Gibson; Joseph De Grasse; Weiss Productions.; Stage and Screen Productions.
OCLC Number: 422874614
Notes: Dramatic feature; Victorian melodrama.
"Based on the play The drunkard, author undetermined, [first performed in] New York in 1843, [staged by P.T. Barnum]"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940.
Bracketed cast credits supplied from: AFI catalog, 1931-1940.
Copyright notice on film: Copyright 1935.
"Passed by the National Board of Review."
Credits: Photographed by Edw. Linden; sound engineer, Cliff Ruberg; assistant director, Gordon S. Griffith; musical director, Lee Zahler; edited by Holbrook Todd; International Recording Studio.
Performer(s): Players: James Murray [(the drunkard, Edward Middleton)], Clara K. Young; Theodore Lorch [(Squire Cribbs)]; Eric Mayne [(Artie Renslow)]; Geri Foster [(Agnes)]; Snub Pollard; Joey Ray; Jack Lipson [(farmer)]; Rosemary Theby; Pat O'Malley; Gertrude Astor; Jerome Storm; Ruth Hyatt; Janet Chandler [(Mary Middleton)]; Bryant Washburn [(theatrical producer)]; George Stuart [(William)]; Shirley Jean [(Julia Middleton)]; Vena Calvert [(Widow Wilson)]; Victor Potel [(farmer)]; Monty Carter [(theatrical producer)]; Lafe McKee [(barkeeper)]; Vera Steadman; Bobby Nelson; John Elliot [(drunk in audience)]; Helen Gibson; Joe De Grasse.
Other Titles: Drunkard (Motion picture : 1935)
Responsibility: produced by Weiss Productions, Inc. ; Bern Sternbach presents ; story and dialogue by Al Martin ; directed by Albert Herman ; supervised by Louis Weiss.

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"A team of down-and-out theatrical producers decides to stage a production of the Victorian melodrama The drunkard in a music hall and force their idle relatives to perform the play. The play's program encourages the beer-drinking audience to 'hiss the villain' and 'applaud the hero, ' and throughout the performance, the audience yells epithets at the players. The play's story concerns the widow Wilson and her daughter Mary, who are told by the villain, Squire Cribbs, that their cottage will have to be sold because the landowner, Edward Middleton, is a dissolute man who is 'reckless, wild and giddy' and will have no pity on them. The widow tells Mary to visit Edward with their last thirty dollars, which was earmarked for fuel, and pay the rent. Meanwhile, Cribbs, a lawyer whom Edward believes was a friend of his father, tells Edward to acquire the Wilson cottage and its adjacent lands, thereby securing free access to the attractive Mary. The kindhearted Edward is aghast at Cribbs' insinuation that he would take advantage of Mary and, instead, falls in love with her and tells her to keep her money as a portion of her dowry and marry him. Cribbs then tries to pay Edward's foster brother William for an invitation to the wedding, but William refuses his bribe. Cribbs then addresses the audience and announces that William's half-witted sister Agnes knows too much. Agnes went crazy after Cribbs ruined her fiancé, who died in a drunken fit. When Cribbs tries to whip Agnes, William enters and saves her. Edward and Mary are wed, and years later, Edward has become a drunkard. When he is knocked out in a barroom brawl, he wakes and has a somber realization of what he has become. He then returns home, again drunk, to find the widow Wilson dying. After she dies, Edward abandons Mary and their little girl Julia in their sorrow, shouting, 'curse me as your destroyer.' Later, Mary gets work as a seamstress in New York, where she has gone seeking Edward, and she and Julia are cold and starving. Cribbs enters and lunges at Mary, but William saves her and Cribbs shouts that he will be revenged. Edward, meanwhile, wakes up in a barn and, in a fit of delirium tremens, sees snakes. He is about to take an overdose of powder when a reformer named Artie Renslow enters to rescue him from the 'abyss into which he has fallen.' Gates, a Middleton villager, then tells farmer Stevens, with whom Edward had the brawl, that he was told that Cribbs committed heavy forgery on the firm of Winslow and Company. In the meantime, Agnes is cured and she tries to find William to tell him Cribbs's secret, while William is determined to catch Cribbs and reunite Edward and Mary. Agnes then tells William that she found a mound of dirt beneath a tree and, digging, found the will of Edward's grandfather, which left all to Edward's father. The will under which Cribbs acted was a forgery. To catch Cribbs, Artie has him incriminate himself by digging for the will beneath the tree. When he shouts that the deed he buried is gone, the sheriff arrests him. The Middleton estate is restored to Edward and Mary, and Edward returns to his wife and child, sober. Edward then thanks Artie for his help and recites the poem: 'There came a change/The cloud rolled off/A light fell on my brain/And like the passing of a dream that cometh not again/The blackness of my spirit fled/I saw the gulf before/And shuddered at the waste behind/And am a man once more.' At the urging of the audience, Mary and Edward kiss"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940.

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