The Way of All Men (1930)

62 mins | Melodrama | 7 September 1930

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HISTORY

First National also produced a German-language version of this film entitled Die Maske Fällt (See Entry), released in 1931, directed by Wilhelm Dieterle and starring Lissy Arna and Anton Pointer. Frank Lloyd directed an earlier adaption of the play for Goldwyn Pictures in 1922. That film was entitled The Sin Flood and starred Richard Dix and Helene Chadwick (See ... More Less

First National also produced a German-language version of this film entitled Die Maske Fällt (See Entry), released in 1931, directed by Wilhelm Dieterle and starring Lissy Arna and Anton Pointer. Frank Lloyd directed an earlier adaption of the play for Goldwyn Pictures in 1922. That film was entitled The Sin Flood and starred Richard Dix and Helene Chadwick (See Entry). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
21 Sep 1930.
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Harrison's Reports
27 Sep 1930
p. 154.
New York Times
20 Sep 1930
p. 15.
Variety
24 Sep 1930
p. 30.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 September 1930
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1447
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
6,032
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After a tornado, several people, including Billy Baer and his girl friend Poppy are staying in the basement of Stratton's New Orleans speakeasy. Because Stratton has equiped his saloon with water-tight doors, the occupants will be saved from rising flood-waters that threaten to break the levee, but they soon begin to realize that their protection from the water will ultimately result in their asphyxiation due to the lack of outside oxygen. Facing their deaths, each person confesses his sins and asks for forgiveness from the others. When the oxygen is almost depleted, members of the group bravely open the doors to find that there is no water outside. Having averted death, most of the occupants revert to their old ways, except for Billy and Poppy, who decide to ... +


After a tornado, several people, including Billy Baer and his girl friend Poppy are staying in the basement of Stratton's New Orleans speakeasy. Because Stratton has equiped his saloon with water-tight doors, the occupants will be saved from rising flood-waters that threaten to break the levee, but they soon begin to realize that their protection from the water will ultimately result in their asphyxiation due to the lack of outside oxygen. Facing their deaths, each person confesses his sins and asks for forgiveness from the others. When the oxygen is almost depleted, members of the group bravely open the doors to find that there is no water outside. Having averted death, most of the occupants revert to their old ways, except for Billy and Poppy, who decide to marry. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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