Splendor (1935)

77 mins | Drama | 23 November 1935

Director:

Elliott Nugent

Producer:

Samuel Goldwyn

Cinematographer:

Gregg Toland

Editor:

Margaret Clancy

Production Designer:

Richard Day

Production Company:

Howard Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

In the onscreen credits, actor Torben Meyer's surname is misspelled "Myer." According to the NYT review, Rachel Crothers had intended to turn her story into a play many years before, but decided that the subject matter was too bleak. The review also notes that Splendor marked Ruth Weston's screen debut. A HR news item noted that portions of the film were shot on location at Lake Arrowhead, ... More Less

In the onscreen credits, actor Torben Meyer's surname is misspelled "Myer." According to the NYT review, Rachel Crothers had intended to turn her story into a play many years before, but decided that the subject matter was too bleak. The review also notes that Splendor marked Ruth Weston's screen debut. A HR news item noted that portions of the film were shot on location at Lake Arrowhead, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Oct 35
p. 10.
Daily Variety
20 Nov 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Nov 35
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 35
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Nov 35
p. 10.
Motion Picture Daily
19 Nov 35
p. 4, 6
Motion Picture Herald
2 Nov 35
p. 64.
Variety
27 Nov 35
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
[Story and scr] by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 November 1935
Production Date:
early September--25 October 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Goldwyn
Copyright Date:
3 December 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5973
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
1766
SYNOPSIS

The once wealthy Lorrimore family of New York tries to maintain their dignity, even though they are riddled with debts. The family's hopes lay in elder son Brighton, but when he returns after a year in the South, he shocks his mother, sister Martha, and ne'er-do-well brother Clancey by revealing that he is married to a poor young woman named Phyllis. Although Mrs. Lorrimore feigns some regard for her, Phyllis soon realizes that she is not accepted, and wealthy sausage heiress Edith Gilbert, who had been the family's choice for Brighton, is the only person who is genuinely fond of her. Their disappointment in Phyllis changes, however, when their wealthy cousin Martin Deering takes an interest in her. Phyllis wants to leave with Brighton so that he can start the writing career he has wanted, but she soon realizes that money is too important for him and the family and begins seeing the charming Martin to further Brighton's career. Soon gossips are talking about the relationship and Martha wants her mother to put a stop to it. Instead, however, she encourages Phyllis and when Brighton is away on an important business trip to Mexico, she and Martin become lovers. The family soon hears more gossip and warns her to be discreet and not tell Brighton, but her conscience will not let her. The couple quarrel after he returns from Mexico during which she reveals the truth and leaves him. She starts working as a salesgirl in an exclusive dress shop and, although Martin wants to marry her, she refuses. She advises Edith to marry Brighton, but one evening he meets her ... +


The once wealthy Lorrimore family of New York tries to maintain their dignity, even though they are riddled with debts. The family's hopes lay in elder son Brighton, but when he returns after a year in the South, he shocks his mother, sister Martha, and ne'er-do-well brother Clancey by revealing that he is married to a poor young woman named Phyllis. Although Mrs. Lorrimore feigns some regard for her, Phyllis soon realizes that she is not accepted, and wealthy sausage heiress Edith Gilbert, who had been the family's choice for Brighton, is the only person who is genuinely fond of her. Their disappointment in Phyllis changes, however, when their wealthy cousin Martin Deering takes an interest in her. Phyllis wants to leave with Brighton so that he can start the writing career he has wanted, but she soon realizes that money is too important for him and the family and begins seeing the charming Martin to further Brighton's career. Soon gossips are talking about the relationship and Martha wants her mother to put a stop to it. Instead, however, she encourages Phyllis and when Brighton is away on an important business trip to Mexico, she and Martin become lovers. The family soon hears more gossip and warns her to be discreet and not tell Brighton, but her conscience will not let her. The couple quarrel after he returns from Mexico during which she reveals the truth and leaves him. She starts working as a salesgirl in an exclusive dress shop and, although Martin wants to marry her, she refuses. She advises Edith to marry Brighton, but one evening he meets her at the store and asks her to come back. They then decide to start life over and live on money that they earn by hard work. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic


Subject

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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