The House on 56th Street (1933)

68-69 mins | Drama | 23 December 1933

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HISTORY

According to Warner Bros. records, Adolphe Menjou was initially cast as Blaine; this was to be his first film for Warner Bros. He was then put into Convention City and replaced by Ricardo Cortez who was borrowed from ... More Less

According to Warner Bros. records, Adolphe Menjou was initially cast as Blaine; this was to be his first film for Warner Bros. He was then put into Convention City and replaced by Ricardo Cortez who was borrowed from Paramount. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Oct 33
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Jul 33
p. 1.
Film Daily
2 Aug 33
p. 4.
Film Daily
2 Dec 33
p. 3O.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 33
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 33
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Dec 33
p. 42.
New York Times
2 Dec 33
p. 9.
Variety
5 Dec 33
p. 3.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Props
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 December 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 November 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4290
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68-69
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the turn of the century, Peggy Martin, a beautiful show girl, is the mistress of Lindon Fiske, but she is in love with the handsome young Monte Van Tyle. The young couple marry against his family's will, make their home on 56th St., have a child and are reconciled there with Monte's family. They are happy until Fiske, now ill, comes back into Peggy's life. When she refuses his advances, he threatens to commit suicide and although she tries to stop him, the gun goes off. She is accused of murder and sentenced to twenty years in prison. While Peggy is in jail, Monte is killed in World War I, and their daughter Eleanor is told that her mother is dead. Shortly after Peggy is released, she meets a gambler named Bill Blaine. They go to work for Bonelli, a New York politician who has opened a gambling house in Peggy's old home on 56th St. One night Eleanor visits the house, having inherited her mother's flair for gambling. Peggy decides to teach Eleanor a lesson and makes sure she does not win, but when Blaine calls Eleanor into his private office and threatens to inform her husband about her sizable debts, Eleanor shoots him. Peggy protects the girl by confessing to the crime. Bonelli, however, suspects the truth and offers to clear her, if she agrees to stay permanently in the house on 56th ... +


At the turn of the century, Peggy Martin, a beautiful show girl, is the mistress of Lindon Fiske, but she is in love with the handsome young Monte Van Tyle. The young couple marry against his family's will, make their home on 56th St., have a child and are reconciled there with Monte's family. They are happy until Fiske, now ill, comes back into Peggy's life. When she refuses his advances, he threatens to commit suicide and although she tries to stop him, the gun goes off. She is accused of murder and sentenced to twenty years in prison. While Peggy is in jail, Monte is killed in World War I, and their daughter Eleanor is told that her mother is dead. Shortly after Peggy is released, she meets a gambler named Bill Blaine. They go to work for Bonelli, a New York politician who has opened a gambling house in Peggy's old home on 56th St. One night Eleanor visits the house, having inherited her mother's flair for gambling. Peggy decides to teach Eleanor a lesson and makes sure she does not win, but when Blaine calls Eleanor into his private office and threatens to inform her husband about her sizable debts, Eleanor shoots him. Peggy protects the girl by confessing to the crime. Bonelli, however, suspects the truth and offers to clear her, if she agrees to stay permanently in the house on 56th Street. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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