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This Side Of Heaven (1934) DVD

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This Side Of Heaven (1934)


 William K. Howard


 Zelda Sears (adapted by), Eve Greene (adapted by)


 Lionel Barrymore, Fay Bainter, Mae Clarke
This Side of Heaven is an early, muted example of what would refine itself into the "screwball comedy" genre. Lionel Barrymore plays an accountant, who's also the head of a large family consisting principally of dizzy buffoons. Not only that, but the Barrymore clan is selfish, totally unappreciative of Dad's efforts in their behalf. But when Barrymore is falsely accused of embezzlement, the family members rally to his aid and prove their hidden worth. Amazingly, all the problems in This Side of Heaven are ironed out within a 24-hour span (and 78 minutes' screen time).

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  1. Quality dvd of a great film 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 16th 2016

    The film was good quality, clear, and I had no problem with any drop-outs while watching it (multiple times now). I don't find it, in spite of the imdb info, very funny or "screwball". Barrymore is magnificently understated and uses his skills at listening and contained reaction very well. He excels at trying to be strong and share his fears with his chattering wife, who he does not want to upset. The family is a little annoying, actually, but the son seems to be a good foil eventually for dad's desperation. It's a good film about how the surface of a successful life/family can hide a great deal of conflict, pain, and despair. Some interesting camera work for exposition's sake, but it doesn't get int he way of the film. Nice, underrated LB performance, interesting exploration of family and success.

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