Bed of Roses (1933)

70 mins | Drama | 14 July 1933

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HISTORY

Sources disagree concerning Wanda Tuchock's credits. While the onscreen credits state simply that the film is "by" Tuchock, reviews and other sources list her as either the sole writer of the original story, the co-story writer (with Eugene Thackrey) and co-dialoguer, or the author of the story and the screenplay. According to MPH 's "In the Cutting Room," Eileen Percy, a film-actress-turned-newspaper-columnist, was to be in the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Pert Kelton, whose "Mae Westian" performance was singled out by reviewers, was a Ziegfeld Follies dancing comedienne. Modern sources state that Phillips Holmes was cast first in the part of "Dan," but was replaced by Joel McCrea early in the production, and that Harold Hecht choreographed the Mardi Gras ... More Less

Sources disagree concerning Wanda Tuchock's credits. While the onscreen credits state simply that the film is "by" Tuchock, reviews and other sources list her as either the sole writer of the original story, the co-story writer (with Eugene Thackrey) and co-dialoguer, or the author of the story and the screenplay. According to MPH 's "In the Cutting Room," Eileen Percy, a film-actress-turned-newspaper-columnist, was to be in the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Pert Kelton, whose "Mae Westian" performance was singled out by reviewers, was a Ziegfeld Follies dancing comedienne. Modern sources state that Phillips Holmes was cast first in the part of "Dan," but was replaced by Joel McCrea early in the production, and that Harold Hecht choreographed the Mardi Gras sequence. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
18 Apr 33
p. 4.
Film Daily
5 Jul 33
p. 6.
HF
15 Apr 33
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 33
p. 3.
International Photographer
May 33
p. 25.
Motion Picture Herald
Jul 33
p. 42.
New York Times
Jun 33
p. 20.
Variety
Jul 33
p. 16.
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 July 1933
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: week of 29 June 1933
Production Date:
began mid April 1933
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
6 July 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4036
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

As soon as they are released from prison, crafty and tough Lorry Evans and Minnie Brown board a Mississippi River steamboat bound for New Orleans. Short on cash, the women invite two boll weevil exterminators to their cabin and, after getting them drunk, steal their money. When Lorry's activities are reported to the captain, she jumps overboard rather than be arrested, but loses the stolen cash as she is pulled from the water by Dan, the skipper of a passing cotton barge. Although she is attracted to the manly Dan, Lorry robs him of sixty dollars and, once docked in New Orleans, heads for the office of Stephen Paige, a wealthy publisher whom she had spotted on the steamboat. Using an array of feminine tricks, Lorry seduces the straight-laced Stephen and then blackmails him into making her his well-kept mistress. Once established with Stephen, Lorry returns to Dan's barge to repay him for his involuntary loan and ends up falling in love with him. Although she at first accepts Dan's marriage proposal, Lorry, who has kept her affair a secret, changes her mind when a lovesick Stephen convinces her that her past deceptions will one day lead to Dan's ruin. Lorry abandons Dan but, rather than stay with Stephen, moves to a roominghouse and takes a job in a department store. With Minnie's help, Stephen locates Lorry and, during a Mardi Gras party, makes a final, unsuccessful bid for her return. Minnie, seeing her friend's desperation, tracks down Dan and, after revealing her friend's past, reunites the two ... +


As soon as they are released from prison, crafty and tough Lorry Evans and Minnie Brown board a Mississippi River steamboat bound for New Orleans. Short on cash, the women invite two boll weevil exterminators to their cabin and, after getting them drunk, steal their money. When Lorry's activities are reported to the captain, she jumps overboard rather than be arrested, but loses the stolen cash as she is pulled from the water by Dan, the skipper of a passing cotton barge. Although she is attracted to the manly Dan, Lorry robs him of sixty dollars and, once docked in New Orleans, heads for the office of Stephen Paige, a wealthy publisher whom she had spotted on the steamboat. Using an array of feminine tricks, Lorry seduces the straight-laced Stephen and then blackmails him into making her his well-kept mistress. Once established with Stephen, Lorry returns to Dan's barge to repay him for his involuntary loan and ends up falling in love with him. Although she at first accepts Dan's marriage proposal, Lorry, who has kept her affair a secret, changes her mind when a lovesick Stephen convinces her that her past deceptions will one day lead to Dan's ruin. Lorry abandons Dan but, rather than stay with Stephen, moves to a roominghouse and takes a job in a department store. With Minnie's help, Stephen locates Lorry and, during a Mardi Gras party, makes a final, unsuccessful bid for her return. Minnie, seeing her friend's desperation, tracks down Dan and, after revealing her friend's past, reunites the two lovers. +

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