Babbitt (1934)

74-75 mins | Drama | 8 December 1934

Director:

William Keighley

Cinematographer:

Arthur L. Todd

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

John Hughes

Production Company:

First National Productions Corp.
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HISTORY

The movie is the second to be based on Sinclair Lewis' novel Babbitt. The first, produced by Warner Bros. in 1924, was directed by Harry Beaumont and starred Willard Louis and Mary Alden as the Babbitts (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0212). ...

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The movie is the second to be based on Sinclair Lewis' novel Babbitt. The first, produced by Warner Bros. in 1924, was directed by Harry Beaumont and starred Willard Louis and Mary Alden as the Babbitts (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0212).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Jul 1934
p. 3
Daily Variety
20 Aug 1934
p. 3
Daily Variety
15 Sep 1934
p. 2
Daily Variety
7 Nov 1934
p. 3
Film Daily
15 Dec 1934
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
15 Sep 1934
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
7 Nov 1934
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
17 Nov 1934
p. 49
New York Times
17 Dec 1934
p. 24
Variety
18 Dec 1934
p. 13
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Adpt
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis (New York, 1922).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 December 1934
Production Date:
20 Aug--Sep 15 1934
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
15 December 1934
LP5175
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74-75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
349
SYNOPSIS

Realtor George F. Babbitt lives with his wife Myra and his two children, Verona and Ted, in the fast growing Midwestern town of Zenith. Popular and successful, Babbitt has just been elected the new Grand Ringmaster of his lodge, the Zebras. All is not as pleasant as it appears on the surface, however. Babbitt is troubled by his unhappy friend, Paul Reisling, whose nagging wife Zilla makes his life miserable. He is also involved in a land deal that Myra and Ted have warned him doesn't seem honest. When Paul, finally driven too far by Zilla's nagging, shoots her, Babbitt is the only one to stand by him. Myra takes Zilla's side, and when Zilla leaves the hospital to convalesce, Myra goes with her. Left on his own, Babbitt starts spending time with Tanis Judique, a young widow who rented an apartment from his company. Tanis wheedles the details of Babbitt's crooked land deal from him and uses the information to try to blackmail Commissioner Gurnee and banker Luke Ethorne. When she is unsuccessful, she then asks Babbitt to pay her to keep quiet. All of Babbitt's money is in his wife's name, however, and when he doesn't pay, Tanis tells her story to the newspapers. Scandalized, the Zebras ask Babbitt to resign. Finally, he confesses his problems to Myra, without mentioning Tanis' name, and she figures out a way to make him look like a hero instead of a villain. His troubles over, Babbitt allows Ted to study electrical engineering rather than business, and the Zebras ask Babbitt to come back as their Grand ...

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Realtor George F. Babbitt lives with his wife Myra and his two children, Verona and Ted, in the fast growing Midwestern town of Zenith. Popular and successful, Babbitt has just been elected the new Grand Ringmaster of his lodge, the Zebras. All is not as pleasant as it appears on the surface, however. Babbitt is troubled by his unhappy friend, Paul Reisling, whose nagging wife Zilla makes his life miserable. He is also involved in a land deal that Myra and Ted have warned him doesn't seem honest. When Paul, finally driven too far by Zilla's nagging, shoots her, Babbitt is the only one to stand by him. Myra takes Zilla's side, and when Zilla leaves the hospital to convalesce, Myra goes with her. Left on his own, Babbitt starts spending time with Tanis Judique, a young widow who rented an apartment from his company. Tanis wheedles the details of Babbitt's crooked land deal from him and uses the information to try to blackmail Commissioner Gurnee and banker Luke Ethorne. When she is unsuccessful, she then asks Babbitt to pay her to keep quiet. All of Babbitt's money is in his wife's name, however, and when he doesn't pay, Tanis tells her story to the newspapers. Scandalized, the Zebras ask Babbitt to resign. Finally, he confesses his problems to Myra, without mentioning Tanis' name, and she figures out a way to make him look like a hero instead of a villain. His troubles over, Babbitt allows Ted to study electrical engineering rather than business, and the Zebras ask Babbitt to come back as their Grand Ringmaster.

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