The Man From Blankley's (1930)

65 mins | Comedy | 24 May 1930

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HISTORY

F. Anstey's short story was originally published in the English humor magazine Punch. The play and story served as the basis for a 1920 Famous Players-Lasky silent film entitled The Fourteenth Man, directed by Joseph Henabery and starring Robert Warwick and Bebe Daniels (See Entry). Another sound daptation was produced in 1934 in Great Britain as Guest of Honour, with George King directing. ...

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F. Anstey's short story was originally published in the English humor magazine Punch. The play and story served as the basis for a 1920 Famous Players-Lasky silent film entitled The Fourteenth Man, directed by Joseph Henabery and starring Robert Warwick and Bebe Daniels (See Entry). Another sound daptation was produced in 1934 in Great Britain as Guest of Honour, with George King directing.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
26 Apr 1930
p. 40
Film Daily
6 Apr 1930
p. 40
Life
18 Apr 1930
p. 20
New York Times
29 Mar 1930
p. 23
New York Times
6 Apr 1930
p. 5
New York Times
13 Apr 1930
p. 6
New Yorker
5 Apr 1930
pp. 91-92
Time
7 Apr 1930
p. 68
Variety
2 Apr 1930
p. 19
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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SOUND
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Man from Blankley's by F. Anstey (pseud. of Thomas Anstey Guthrie) (New York, 16 Sep 1903), which was based on the short story of the same name in The Man from Blankley's, and Other Sketches by F. Anstey (London, 1893).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
24 May 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 28 Mar 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
15 April 1930
LP1228
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
6,167
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mr. and Mrs. Tidmarsh, a middle-class English couple, give a dinner party in honor of their wealthy uncle, Gabriel Gilwattle, hoping to receive his financial aid in their struggle to keep up appearances. Regrets reduce their table to 13; and because Gabriel is superstitious, they hire a guest from Blankley's, sight unseen; further cancellations obviate this necessity, and Margery Seaton, their governess, is invited; but the "hired guest" arrives anyhow and is announced as Lord Strathpeffer. Margery recognizes the tipsy man as a former lover, and he is assumed to be an imposter. Sobering, Strathpeffer realizes he has come to the wrong party and asserts his right to his title; but Gwennie hides her father's watch in Strathpeffer's pocket as he is renewing his romance with Margery. A police inspector arrives hunting for the missing lord, establishing his authenticity and the fact that he is not, after all, the hired ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Tidmarsh, a middle-class English couple, give a dinner party in honor of their wealthy uncle, Gabriel Gilwattle, hoping to receive his financial aid in their struggle to keep up appearances. Regrets reduce their table to 13; and because Gabriel is superstitious, they hire a guest from Blankley's, sight unseen; further cancellations obviate this necessity, and Margery Seaton, their governess, is invited; but the "hired guest" arrives anyhow and is announced as Lord Strathpeffer. Margery recognizes the tipsy man as a former lover, and he is assumed to be an imposter. Sobering, Strathpeffer realizes he has come to the wrong party and asserts his right to his title; but Gwennie hides her father's watch in Strathpeffer's pocket as he is renewing his romance with Margery. A police inspector arrives hunting for the missing lord, establishing his authenticity and the fact that he is not, after all, the hired guest.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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