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False Pretenses (October 22, 1935)

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Irene Ware in False Pretenses
 

Released on October 22, 1935: (running time 64 minutes) A poor girl meets a broke millionaire and they team up in a scheme to get new wealth.

Produced by George R. Batcheller

Directed by Charles Lamont

The Actors: Irene Ware (Mary Beekman), Sidney Blackmer (Kenneth Alden), Betty Compson (Clarissa stanhope), Russell Hopton (Pat Brennan), Edward Gargan (Mike O'Reilly), Ernest Wood (Tiffany Cortland), Lucy Beaumont (Miss Milgrim), Marshall Ruth (gardner), Dot Farley (Mrs. Smythe), John Picorri (Soutar), Herbert Clifton (Bleven, Brennan's butler), William Humphrey (Newman, Alden's attorney), Wilson Benge (Stephens, Alden's butler), Lester Dorr (desk clerk), Florence Dudley (waitress), Jane Keckley (Mrs. Nowlan, landlady), Lafe McKee (doorman), Frank O'Connor (policeman), Rose Plumer (Elsie, chambermaid), Jack Shutta (waiter), Al Thompson (Avery, restaurant manager)

 

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The Broke Millionaire, the Poor Waitress, and Shades of P.T. Barnum

Mary is a waitress in a restaurant, and while has never experienced the wealthy side of life, she reads books and dreams of one day becoming a lady with a wealthy husband, putting her poor lifestyle behind her. Mike is a big, brash truck driver with more brawn than brain, and he wants to marry her, but she tries to gently get rid of him. Unfortunately, Mike makes a scene at the restaurant where Mary is a waitress, and Mary loses her job.

Mary slowly walks through the dark streets with her final paycheck in her hand, and no hopes for a new job. The Great Depression is raging, and jobs for able-bodied men are hard to find. Jobs for single women are almost impossible to find, and Mary only has the money from one little paycheck between her and true poverty.

Mary walks through the night with her head down, looking at her final paycheck, when she bumps into a drunken man walking towards her on the bridge. When they bump into each other, Mary’s final paycheck flies from her hand and over the bridge railing, heading for the water below. Mary reaches out to grab her paycheck and the drunken man grabs her and pulls her back, thinking that she is trying to jump off of the bridge to commit suicide.

This leads to that and Mary discovers that the drunken man is a wealthy society fellow who has lost every cent he has. Mary is suddenly inspired, and she explains a simple con-job that she and the broke society man can pull of that will earn them each a small fortune. A few wealthy men will lose some money that they won’t even miss, and the broke millionaire and Mary will pocket a tidy sum of cash. Her plan is almost certain to work, what could go wrong? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Irene Ware
Irene Ware
Al Thompson
Al Thompson
Al Thompson and Edward Gargan
Al Thompson and Edward Gargan
Al Thompson and Irene Ware
Al Thompson and Irene Ware
Betty Compson
Betty Compson
Betty Compson and Edward Gargan
Betty Compson and Edward Gargan
Betty Compson and Irene Ware
Betty Compson and Irene Ware
Betty Compson and Sidney Blackmer
Betty Compson and Sidney Blackmer
Betty Compson and Sidney Blackmer
Betty Compson and Sidney Blackmer
Betty Compson
Betty Compson
Dot Farley and Lafe McKee
Dot Farley and Lafe McKee
Edward Gargan
Edward Gargan
Ernest Wood
Ernest Wood
Ernest Wood and Irene Ware
Ernest Wood and Irene Ware
Florence Dudley and Edward Gargan
Florence Dudley and Edward Gargan
Herbert Clifton
Herbert Clifton
Irene Ware
Irene Ware
Irene Ware, Ernest Wood, Russell Hopton
Irene Ware, Ernest Wood, Russell Hopton
Irene Ware and Russell Hopton
Irene Ware and Russell Hopton
Irene Ware and Sidney Blackmer
Irene Ware and Sidney Blackmer
Irene Ware
Irene Ware
Irene Ware and Sidney Blackmer
Irene Ware and Sidney Blackmer
Irene Ware
Irene Ware
Lucy Beaumont
Lucy Beaumont
Marshall Ruth, Jon Picorri, Ernest Wood
Marshall Ruth, Jon Picorri, Ernest Wood
Marshall Ruth, Jon Picorri, Russell Hopton
Marshall Ruth, Jon Picorri, Russell Hopton
Rose Plumer
Rose Plumer
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton and Betty Compson
Russell Hopton and Betty Compson
Russell Hopton and Herbert Clifton
Russell Hopton and Herbert Clifton
Russell Hopton and Irene Ware
Russell Hopton and Irene Ware
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer and Betty Compson
Sidney Blackmer and Betty Compson
Sidney Blackmer and Ernest Wood
Sidney Blackmer and Ernest Wood
Sidney Blackmer and Wilson Benge
Sidney Blackmer and Wilson Benge
Sidney Blackmer and Ernest Wood
Sidney Blackmer and Ernest Wood
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
William Humphrey
William Humphrey