A Feather in Her Hat (1935)

72-74 mins | Melodrama | 17 October 1935

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writer:

Lawrence Hazard

Cinematographer:

Joseph Walker

Editor:

Viola Lawrence

Production Designer:

Stephen Goosson

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to FD , Ruth Chatterton was first chosen for the role of Clarissa, but was replaced by Pauline Lord by mutual agreement of the actress and the ... More Less

According to FD , Ruth Chatterton was first chosen for the role of Clarissa, but was replaced by Pauline Lord by mutual agreement of the actress and the studio. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Jul 35
p. 14.
Film Daily
25 Oct 35
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
25 Oct 35
p. 7.
New York Times
25 Oct 35
p. 24.
Variety
30 Oct 35
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Captain John Van Eyck
Robert Hale
Lois Lindsey
Montague Shaw
Mrs. Wilfrid North
Lorimer Johnston
J. Gunnis Davis
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel A Feather in Her Hat by I. A. R. Wylie (Garden City, NY, 1934).
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 October 1935
Production Date:
27 June--21 August 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 October 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5839
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72-74
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1350
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1925, in London's Hyde Park, Clarissa Phipps takes in the drunken, destitute gentleman Captain Randolph Courtney and asks him to educate her son Richard in the finer things of life. Ten years later, on Richard's 21st birthday, Clarissa reveals to him that he is not her son, but the son of a famous actress and a nobleman. Clarissa sends Richard away, so that he may fulfill his upper class heritage, but Richard seeks the help of Courtney. Together, they find some letters that indicate his mother is Julia Trent, who is now a poor housemanager and is married to an eccentric scientist, Paul Anders. Without revealing his identity, Richard takes a room with the Anderses. Soon Richard meets Julia's stepdaughter, Pauline, a painter, with whom he becomes infatuated. Visiting Clarissa for dinner, Richard encounters his uneducated girl friend, Emily Judson. The couple leave in a taxi, which is then involved in an accident, and the next morning Paul reads the news to Pauline. Pauline hurries to the hospital but finds that Richard's injuries are minor and he has been released. Clarissa clearly prefers Pauline to Emily and although Richard and Emily were to have been engaged, Clarissa encourages his feelings for Pauline. While convalescing, Richard writes a play, Son of Sixpence , written as a vehicle to return Julia to the stage. Meanwhile, Clarissa, long a victim of heart trouble, visits Dr. Phillips, who insists she must retire and move to the country. Later, Richard reveals to Clarissa that he will not ask Pauline to marry him because he has no name of his own. ... +


In 1925, in London's Hyde Park, Clarissa Phipps takes in the drunken, destitute gentleman Captain Randolph Courtney and asks him to educate her son Richard in the finer things of life. Ten years later, on Richard's 21st birthday, Clarissa reveals to him that he is not her son, but the son of a famous actress and a nobleman. Clarissa sends Richard away, so that he may fulfill his upper class heritage, but Richard seeks the help of Courtney. Together, they find some letters that indicate his mother is Julia Trent, who is now a poor housemanager and is married to an eccentric scientist, Paul Anders. Without revealing his identity, Richard takes a room with the Anderses. Soon Richard meets Julia's stepdaughter, Pauline, a painter, with whom he becomes infatuated. Visiting Clarissa for dinner, Richard encounters his uneducated girl friend, Emily Judson. The couple leave in a taxi, which is then involved in an accident, and the next morning Paul reads the news to Pauline. Pauline hurries to the hospital but finds that Richard's injuries are minor and he has been released. Clarissa clearly prefers Pauline to Emily and although Richard and Emily were to have been engaged, Clarissa encourages his feelings for Pauline. While convalescing, Richard writes a play, Son of Sixpence , written as a vehicle to return Julia to the stage. Meanwhile, Clarissa, long a victim of heart trouble, visits Dr. Phillips, who insists she must retire and move to the country. Later, Richard reveals to Clarissa that he will not ask Pauline to marry him because he has no name of his own. Richard's play is staged, and it is a success on opening night. Afterwards, Emily informs Richard that Clarissa passed out at the close of the play and then tells Pauline that it is she whom Richard loves. On her deathbed, Clarissa reveals that she is Richard's mother and that she concocted the story in order for Richard to become a person of "quality." Courtney sadly leaves, and Pauline comes for Richard. +

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