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Extravagance (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 10 October 1930 (USA)
Alice Kendall is the darling of her social set, the sons and daughters of millionaires, although Alice's mother has impoverished herself to provide Alice with the luxuries she expects as ... See full summary »

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writers:

Andrew Percival Younger (story) (as A.P. Younger), Adele Buffington (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Owen Moore ... Jim Hamilton
June Collyer ... Alice Kendall
Lloyd Hughes ... Fred Garlan
Dorothy Christy ... Esther Hamilton
Jameson Thomas ... Harrison Morrell
Gwen Lee ... Sally
Robert Agnew ... Billy (as Bobbie Agnew)
Martha Mattox ... Bridge Playing Guest
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Alice Kendall is the darling of her social set, the sons and daughters of millionaires, although Alice's mother has impoverished herself to provide Alice with the luxuries she expects as her right. Mom blows what's left of her fortune to provide the best trousseau that money can buy when Alice marries Fred Garlan, and then wishes Fred lots of luck. Now, Alice is trying to coax Fred into buying her a new sable coat - all of her friends are sporting them - while Fred is busily trying to borrow enough money to keep his business afloat. This marriage business certainly isn't working out like living-with-Mom, and Alice just doesn't know how she can be seen if she isn't wearing a new sable coat. But, help is lurking just around the corner in the form of a sleaze-ball named Morrell. He's a stock-broker and he is a bachelor and he enjoys the benefits of married life by making available sable coats to little brides who are in dire need of one and whose husbands can't meet their needs. But the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Wifie bought a costly sable coat with money she didn't get from hubby! Hubby called her a cheat! Was he right? (original ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Passed
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This film was first offered to television viewers in San Francisco Thursday 1 May 1952 on KRON (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Monday 23 February 1953 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Quite passable
14 January 2020 | by sb-47-608737See all my reviews

To contradict with most of the reviews - the heroine, Alice (June) isn't as bad as implied. Probably, as the mother said in the end, she didn't know the best. Alice is a spoilt girl of a rich family, and after the father has died, and the income has become nil, the mother didn't put any check on her lifestyle.

To be fair on her, she didn't seem to know the ground condition, whether her mother living on pension given by Fred, or even that Fred's business has become bankrupt. When she came to know she rushed to sell her cherished Sable to pay Fred's charities. That's not selfishness, though spoilt, she was undoubtedly. Fred did try to put some check, but he was too much in love to act tough.

The suspicion raising its ugly head was natural, under the circumstances, and one can't fault Fred on that. How would he know that unlike Esther, Alice adored her husband ? The decision to divorce and even go with Morell was the strong indignation and rebound - again justifiable - since till then she didn't so anything against Haye's Code (though Esther did) and she didn't know that the fisrt $2K and later $32K were all advances from Morell, and not really gain from the game of chance. Though I wondered while watching why did Morell change his spots ? His decision to marry Alice after her Paris divorce doesn't go with his character.

Not as bad, since the characters are not as unbelievable or selfish or creepy as hinted in reviews, here as well as elsewhere (in fact that portrayel made me delay watching it). The people were generally believable, with the usual shortcomings, may be a bit more in Morell, but they do exist aplenty in real life.

Probably the movie would have been a bit better if it was stretheched a bit more at least another 15 minutes to preferably half an hour, since some times it went a bit fast and considering the actors, at least as they acted here, they could easily have managed that extra time, without making it an eyesore. This probably is the major negative point.


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Language:

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Release Date:

10 October 1930 (USA) See more »

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