Barnum Was Right (1929)

55 mins | Comedy-drama | 22 September 1929

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HISTORY

A silent version of the film was also released, at a length of 4,477 ... More Less

A silent version of the film was also released, at a length of 4,477 feet. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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Film Daily
27 Oct 1929.
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Variety
30 Oct 1929
p. 37.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Barnum Was Right by Philip Bartholomae and John Meehan (New York, 12 Mar 1923).
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 September 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 September 1929
Copyright Number:
LP696
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in feet):
5,140
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Samuel Locke, a businessman, promises to give his daughter, Miriam, in marriage to Freddie Farrell if he will fulfill his promise to make the Locke mansion, an aging estate in the middle of a swamp, into a profitable investment. Farrell turns the place into a high-priced hotel and revives the legend that there is buried treasure on the property. Finally, he relaxes and watches the guests tear the place apart. An explosion set by one of the visitors lifts the roof off the mansion, revealing the "treasure" (a box of jewels hidden for safekeeping by a burglar). The explosion and the continual digging around the place cause the ocean to enter and create valuable shoreline property out of the Locke ... +


Samuel Locke, a businessman, promises to give his daughter, Miriam, in marriage to Freddie Farrell if he will fulfill his promise to make the Locke mansion, an aging estate in the middle of a swamp, into a profitable investment. Farrell turns the place into a high-priced hotel and revives the legend that there is buried treasure on the property. Finally, he relaxes and watches the guests tear the place apart. An explosion set by one of the visitors lifts the roof off the mansion, revealing the "treasure" (a box of jewels hidden for safekeeping by a burglar). The explosion and the continual digging around the place cause the ocean to enter and create valuable shoreline property out of the Locke estate. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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