She Couldn't Take It (1935)

77 or 85-86 mins | Comedy-drama | 20 October 1935

Director:

Tay Garnett

Cinematographer:

Leon Shamroy

Editor:

Gene Havlick

Production Designer:

Stephen Goosson

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Working titles for this film were Rich Man's Daughter and Rich Girl's Folly . The film marked producer B. P. Schulberg's first production for Columbia. Schulberg was previously at ... More Less

Working titles for this film were Rich Man's Daughter and Rich Girl's Folly . The film marked producer B. P. Schulberg's first production for Columbia. Schulberg was previously at Paramount. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Sep 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Oct 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 35
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Sep 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Dec 35
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Nov 35
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Nov 35
pp. 64-65.
New York Times
7 Nov 35
p. 27.
Variety
13-Nov-35
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Robert Middlemas
Jimmy Harrison
Frank La Rue
Frank G. Fanning
J. Thornton "Jack" Baston
Raymond Turner
Henry Rocquemore
John Webb Dillion
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President; A B. P. Schulberg Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
SONGS
"Fare Thee Well, Anabelle," music by Allie Wrubel, lyrics by Mort Dixon.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Rich Man's Daughter
Rich Girl's Folly
Release Date:
20 October 1935
Production Date:
16 July--22 August 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 October 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5865
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77 or 85-86
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1461
SYNOPSIS

Wealthy New York banker Daniel Van Dyke summons his wild family to announce that he is ill and plans to plead guilty to charges of income tax evasion in order to go to prison and get a rest from their antics. His cellmate is the notorious bootlegger Spot Ricardi, who regards himself as a businessman not unlike Van Dyke. The two become close friends, and Ricardi urges Van Dyke to take a stern hand in disciplining his family. As Van Dyke dies, he appoints Ricardi trustee of his estate, muttering "sucker" with his last breath. Upon his release, Ricardi changes his name to Joe Ricard and refuses to rejoin Tex and his former buddies of the underworld. To satisfy the family's curiosity about Ricardi, Van Dyke's daughter Carol poses as a reporter and visits him in Central Park, but he realizes her identity and dunks her in the lake. Ricardi then informs the family that he is taking charge, and orders Carol to end her engagement to Alan Bartlett, a pompous actor. Carol ignores his orders and sponsors a Coney Island party for her fiancé, at which she shows off Ricardi's former gangland car that she has bought. The angry Ricardi drives Carol and the car into the country, then sends the automobile over an embankment, which causes some suspicious farmers to take them prisoner. Ricardi falls in love with Carol, and although the feeling is not returned, he frightens Alan out of marrying her. In reply, Carol contacts Tex and suggests that Ricardi's former gang kidnap her to extort a ransom payment from Ricardi. When the police follow Ricardi with ... +


Wealthy New York banker Daniel Van Dyke summons his wild family to announce that he is ill and plans to plead guilty to charges of income tax evasion in order to go to prison and get a rest from their antics. His cellmate is the notorious bootlegger Spot Ricardi, who regards himself as a businessman not unlike Van Dyke. The two become close friends, and Ricardi urges Van Dyke to take a stern hand in disciplining his family. As Van Dyke dies, he appoints Ricardi trustee of his estate, muttering "sucker" with his last breath. Upon his release, Ricardi changes his name to Joe Ricard and refuses to rejoin Tex and his former buddies of the underworld. To satisfy the family's curiosity about Ricardi, Van Dyke's daughter Carol poses as a reporter and visits him in Central Park, but he realizes her identity and dunks her in the lake. Ricardi then informs the family that he is taking charge, and orders Carol to end her engagement to Alan Bartlett, a pompous actor. Carol ignores his orders and sponsors a Coney Island party for her fiancé, at which she shows off Ricardi's former gangland car that she has bought. The angry Ricardi drives Carol and the car into the country, then sends the automobile over an embankment, which causes some suspicious farmers to take them prisoner. Ricardi falls in love with Carol, and although the feeling is not returned, he frightens Alan out of marrying her. In reply, Carol contacts Tex and suggests that Ricardi's former gang kidnap her to extort a ransom payment from Ricardi. When the police follow Ricardi with the ransom, Tex believes that he has been betrayed. Tex then shoots fellow gangster Fingers Boston after Boston tells Carol that Tex plans to kill her. Ricardi finds Finger's body with a note attached to it indicating the location of the mansion where Carol is being held. The police arrest Ricardi, but he escapes and leads them to the mansion, where the gang is captured. Tex is about to kill Ricardi, but Ricardi shoots him, then finds Carol in the cellar beating another gangster senseless. Safe from danger, Ricardi and Carol embrace, and finally admit their true feelings for each other. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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