This Side of Heaven (1934)

76 or 78 mins | Comedy-drama | 2 February 1934

Director:

William K. Howard

Cinematographer:

Harold Rosson

Editor:

Frank E. Hull

Production Designer:

Fredric Hope

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were It Happened One Day , A Big Day and The Family Scandal . In one scene, footage from the 1933 M-G-M family drama Another Language , featuring Helen Hayes, Robert Montgomery, Minor Watson and Margaret Hamilton, is seen as a "movie-within-the-movie." A comparison between the copyright cutting continuity of Another Language and the dialogue as recorded in the copyright cutting continuity of this film suggests that the footage was not actually used in the 1933 release print. According to a Sep 1933 FD news item, Alice Brady and Frank Morgan were first assigned to star in This Side of Heaven . John Barrymore was also announced in a FD news item as a star, but this announcement may have been erroneous. Fay Bainter made her screen debut in the ... More Less

The working titles of this film were It Happened One Day , A Big Day and The Family Scandal . In one scene, footage from the 1933 M-G-M family drama Another Language , featuring Helen Hayes, Robert Montgomery, Minor Watson and Margaret Hamilton, is seen as a "movie-within-the-movie." A comparison between the copyright cutting continuity of Another Language and the dialogue as recorded in the copyright cutting continuity of this film suggests that the footage was not actually used in the 1933 release print. According to a Sep 1933 FD news item, Alice Brady and Frank Morgan were first assigned to star in This Side of Heaven . John Barrymore was also announced in a FD news item as a star, but this announcement may have been erroneous. Fay Bainter made her screen debut in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Sep 33
p. 10.
Film Daily
22 Nov 33
p. 12.
Film Daily
31 Jan 34
p. 6.
HF
16 Dec 33
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jan 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Jan 34
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Jan 34
p. 40.
New York Times
10 Feb 34
p. 20.
Variety
13 Feb 34
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A William K. Howard Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel It Happened One Day by Marjorie Bartholomew Paradis (New York, 1932).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
A Big Day
The Family Scandal
It Happened One Day
Release Date:
2 February 1934
Production Date:
6 December 1933--5 January 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 January 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4460
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76 or 78
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While Francene Turner, a housewife-turned-writer, spends her day in the city selling her first novel to a movie studio, her son Seth introduces himself to the college fraternity he hopes to join, and her youngest daughter Peggy goes to see a movie with her boyfriend, Hal Jennings. At the same time, schoolteacher Jane Turner, Francene's eldest daughter, explains to longtime admirer Vance Patterson, a freelance writer and newspaper reporter, that she is marrying Walter Hamilton because, unlike Vance, he is safe and reliable. While Jane then confers with Walter, an auditor, about their wedding plans, her father Martin, the chief accountant at a local firm, is called in by William Barnes, the company president, to explain a $40,000 deficit in the company books. After assuring Barnes that the money will be accounted for, Martin confronts general manager R. S. Sawyer, about the missing funds, which Sawyer had appropriated with Martin's help on the pretext of using them as a loan to a struggling client. Sawyer confesses to Martin that the money actually was used for his own financial speculations, but promises to try to secure $40,000 before the next day's audit. Overcome with worry, Martin returns home and, while waiting for Sawyer's telephone call, promises Seth fifty dollars to pay his fraternity initiation fees, blesses Jane and Walter's engagement, and congratulates Francene on her movie deal. The next morning, after Sawyer has informed him that he was unable to get the money, Martin says goodbye to Peggy, who is taking the train for college that afternoon, and prepares all of his personal financial papers. At lunch, Francene confides in Martin that the Hollywood studio has ... +


While Francene Turner, a housewife-turned-writer, spends her day in the city selling her first novel to a movie studio, her son Seth introduces himself to the college fraternity he hopes to join, and her youngest daughter Peggy goes to see a movie with her boyfriend, Hal Jennings. At the same time, schoolteacher Jane Turner, Francene's eldest daughter, explains to longtime admirer Vance Patterson, a freelance writer and newspaper reporter, that she is marrying Walter Hamilton because, unlike Vance, he is safe and reliable. While Jane then confers with Walter, an auditor, about their wedding plans, her father Martin, the chief accountant at a local firm, is called in by William Barnes, the company president, to explain a $40,000 deficit in the company books. After assuring Barnes that the money will be accounted for, Martin confronts general manager R. S. Sawyer, about the missing funds, which Sawyer had appropriated with Martin's help on the pretext of using them as a loan to a struggling client. Sawyer confesses to Martin that the money actually was used for his own financial speculations, but promises to try to secure $40,000 before the next day's audit. Overcome with worry, Martin returns home and, while waiting for Sawyer's telephone call, promises Seth fifty dollars to pay his fraternity initiation fees, blesses Jane and Walter's engagement, and congratulates Francene on her movie deal. The next morning, after Sawyer has informed him that he was unable to get the money, Martin says goodbye to Peggy, who is taking the train for college that afternoon, and prepares all of his personal financial papers. At lunch, Francene confides in Martin that the Hollywood studio has offered her a six-week stint as a contract writer, and Martin encourages her to accept the job. Then, while Peggy abandons the train to drive to college with Hal, Walter, who is preparing Martin's audit, confronts him about the apparent embezzlement. Although Martin, who has since learned that Sawyer has left town, maintains his innocence, Walter suggests that he, too, leave town to avoid involving his family in scandal. Seemingly trapped, Martin returns home and, in his study, swallows an overdose of a powerful sinus medicine. At the same time, Peggy, who on a whim has gone with Hal to a country minister, finds a telling note from her father in her suitcase and rushes home without being married. Seth, meanwhile, learns that the fraternity rejected him and, while driving home, is blinded by his tears and crashes into a streetcar. The heavily drugged Martin is taken by the police to Seth's hospital room, where the unsuspecting Seth confesses to him that, for a moment, he had wanted to die. Moved by Seth's words, Martin struggles to stay awake but soon slips into unconsciousness. Eventually Francene and the rest of the family are informed of Martin's predicament and rescue him from death. Then, armed with information from Vance, Barnes arranges for Sawyer's apprehension at the Mexican border and fully vindicates Martin. After Jane breaks with Walter and embraces Vance, Seth announces that he has been nominated as class vice-president, and Martin sits down to dinner with his entire loving family. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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