The Bargain (1931)

68, 70 or 76 mins | Melodrama | 5 September 1931

Director:

Robert Milton

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

John Rawlins

Production Designer:

John Hughes

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was You and I . According to press material, this was Doris Kenyon's first screen roll following the death of her husband, Milton Sills. Var notes that director Robert Milton also directed the original stage ... More Less

The film's working title was You and I . According to press material, this was Doris Kenyon's first screen roll following the death of her husband, Milton Sills. Var notes that director Robert Milton also directed the original stage play. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Sep 31
p. 6.
Film Daily
6 Sep 31
p. 23.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 31
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Apr 31
p. 40.
New York Times
5 Sep 31
p. 7.
Variety
8 Sep 31
p. 33.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play You and I by Philip Barry (New York, 19 Feb 1923).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
You and I
Release Date:
5 September 1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 3 September 1931
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 September 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2447
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68, 70 or 76
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Maitland White has worked in the soap business to support his wife Nancy and son Ricky despite his desire to be an artist. The Whites plan to send Ricky to Paris to study architecture, but he announces that Veronica Daune has agreed to marry him, and so he plans to join his father at the soap factory. Although they wish that he would continued his studies, his parents cannot argue with him since they made the same decision in their youth. Ricky's decision convinces Nancy that Maitland should take up painting again. She suggests that he use Etta, the maid, as a model. Depending on his copper stock for an income, Maitland takes a leave from his soap job. After six months, however, his boss hires a replacement and the price of copper falls. To help his friend, Geoffrey Nichols takes Maitland's portrait of the maid to an art gathering, hoping to sell it. He brings it back unsold during the masquerade party the Whites give to announce Ricky and Veronica's engagement. Maitland's former boss announces, however, that he has seen the painting and wants to use it as an ad for his soap. He begs Maitland to come back as manager of the advertising campaign. Although Maitland is disappointed that his work is not fine art, he cannot turn down the money. He accepts the job and tells Ricky that an inheritance from his grandfather has made it possible for him to go to Paris with Veronica. She had just refused to marry Ricky because she believed he cared more for art than he did for her. Now, however, ... +


Maitland White has worked in the soap business to support his wife Nancy and son Ricky despite his desire to be an artist. The Whites plan to send Ricky to Paris to study architecture, but he announces that Veronica Daune has agreed to marry him, and so he plans to join his father at the soap factory. Although they wish that he would continued his studies, his parents cannot argue with him since they made the same decision in their youth. Ricky's decision convinces Nancy that Maitland should take up painting again. She suggests that he use Etta, the maid, as a model. Depending on his copper stock for an income, Maitland takes a leave from his soap job. After six months, however, his boss hires a replacement and the price of copper falls. To help his friend, Geoffrey Nichols takes Maitland's portrait of the maid to an art gathering, hoping to sell it. He brings it back unsold during the masquerade party the Whites give to announce Ricky and Veronica's engagement. Maitland's former boss announces, however, that he has seen the painting and wants to use it as an ad for his soap. He begs Maitland to come back as manager of the advertising campaign. Although Maitland is disappointed that his work is not fine art, he cannot turn down the money. He accepts the job and tells Ricky that an inheritance from his grandfather has made it possible for him to go to Paris with Veronica. She had just refused to marry Ricky because she believed he cared more for art than he did for her. Now, however, he can study architecture and marry at the same time. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Domestic


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