The Curtain Falls (October 2, 1934)
Released on October 2, 1934: (running time 58 minutes) A penniless unemployed hard-boiled Broadway actress sails to England and impersonates Lady Scorsby in hopes of living the rest of her life in luxury.
Produced by George R. Batcheller Jr.
Directed by Charles Lamont
Written by Karl Brown
The Actors: Henrietta Crosman (Sarah Crabtree - Lady Henrietta Scorsby), Dorothy Lee (Dot Scorsby), William Bakewell (Barry Graham), Natalie Moorhead (Katherine Scorsby), Holmes Herbert (John Scorsby), John Darrow (Allan Scorsby), Eddie Kane (Taggart), Dorothy Revier (Helene Deveridge), Jameson Thomas (Martin Deveridge), Bryant Washburn (doctor), Aggie Herring (Mrs. McGillicuddy), Wilson Benge (Scorsby's first butler), Fern Emmett (unknown), Jack Shutta (unknown), Lloyd Ingraham (banker Lansing), Jane Keckley (Soursby's maid), Tom Ricketts (hotel manager), Al Bridge (mover), Bobby Burns (Seven Eleven Club Maitre d'), Lester Dorr (Seven Eleven Club customer), Bess Flowers (hotel manager's secretary), Robert Frazer (attorney MacArthur), Edward LeSaint (unknown), Lafe McKee (unknown), Broderick O'Farrell (dinner guest), Alexander Pollard (Scorsby's second butler), George Reed (elevator operator James)
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The Power of a Penniless Old Woman
Before I forget, I must apologize to all of my British fans . . .
This story takes place in a mansion a short distance from the British Museum, and not one single actor has even a twinge of a British accent . . . None of the actors even tried to imitate a British accent . . . But don't go away just because of that . . . The story is a pretty good one nonetheless
Hard-boiled actress Sarah Crabtree, played by Henrietta Crosman, has acted for the final time on Broadway. It is 1934, and the Great Depression is gripping the world, and she hasn't had any money since the 1929 crash. It turns out that she grew up in England with Lady Henrietta Scorsby, and they are almost identical twin look-alikes. Lady Scorsby is famous for her great wealth and her adventurous spirit, and she is seldom in England, but rather exploring the world.
Lady Scorsby's look-alike childhood friend, after being a huge Broadway star for many years, is now penniless and has no way to support herself in America, so she decides to travel to London and live with her lookalike friend. . . Or so we think . . . She knows that not only is Lady Scorsby not in London, but she knows that Lady Scorsby has not been in London for many years . . . so . . . When our hard-boiled old gal hits the front door of the Scorsby mansion, where Lady Scorsby's brother and family live, she marches in with head held high and convinces the family that she is Lady Scorsby come to stay for a while.
The old, unemployed actress hopes that none of the family will discover that she is a penniless old woman who needs a roof over her head. She is looking for some charity from a family that is well off and can easily afford to host her for the rest of her days. Sounds like an easy part for a skilled actress to play, and she does get away with it . . . But . . . She discovers that the wealthy British family is on the rocks and worse off than she is! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Dorothy Lee and Holmes Herbert
Dorothy Lee and Jameson Thomas
Dorothy Lee and John Darrow
Dorothy Revier and Jameson Thomas
Dorothy Revier argues with Jameson Thomas
Henrietta Crosman and Eddie Kane
Henrietta Crosman and Dorothy Revier
Natalie Moorhead and Holmes Herbert
Robert Frazer and Lloyd Ingraham
William Bakewell and Dorothy Lee
Wilson Benge and Henrietta Crosman