August Weekend (February 18, 1936)
Released on February 18, 1936: (running time 63 minutes) A wealthy man invites several people to his country estate for the weekend.
Produced by George R. Batcheller
Directed by Charles Lamont
Written by Faith Baldwin and Paul Perez
The Actors: Valerie Hobson (Claire Barry), G.P. Huntley (Kim Sherwood), Paul Harvey (George Washburne), Betty Compson (Ethel Ames), Claire McDowell (Alma Washburne), Frank Melton (Ronnie Washburne), Gigi Parrish (Elinor Lee), Howard C. Hickman (Spencer Lee), Dorothea Kent (Midge Washburne), Maynard Holmes (Dave Maxwell), Edgar Norton (Grimsby, butler), Paul Irving (Max Stanfield, Washburne's lawyer), Paul West (taxi driver), Phyllis Crane (telephone switchboard receptionist), Jack Gardner (Tom, Northern Country Club secretary)
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Love for Sale
It seems that every generation experiences a financial collapse that destroys many businesses, jobs, and families. The funny thing is, those periods of great destruction can be doorways to great opportunities in disguise for a few people. In 1873, young Andrew Carnegie and several partners were making iron and steel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as fast as they could, to meet the ever increasing demand. His partners took their huge profits and lived high and mighty, while Andy lived well, but modestly, compared to the money he was accumulating. Suddenly there was a great financial crisis, and many businessmen who had borrowed heavily to build their empires were caught in a trap. Cold, Hard, Cash was demanded, and many wealthy businessmen had precious little of that. Andy had plenty of cash, and his partners begged him to buy their share of the steel business so that they could pay their debts. In his autobiography he wrote that he made it a business practice to never buy anything he could not pay for, or sell anything that he did not own. Because Andrew Carnegie had the cash, he helped his partners by buying their share of the steel business with his saved cash. Later, with the financial panic over, he was the sole owner of the greatest growth company in the world as steel replaced lumber for big construction projects.
Now we fast forward to 1936, and the world is mired in the deep valley of the Great Depression. Many of the ‘400’ wealthiest families in America are blue-blooded titans of society, but are ‘in the red’ financially. As our weekend opens we meet a wealthy stock manipulator, one of the few men in 1936 with real money, but he has no ‘blue-blood’ society connections. He will invite several people to his country estate for the weekend, in an attempt to use his money to tempt a young lady to become his mistress, and at the same time purchase a blue-blooded society husband for his daughter. Unfortunately, before the weekend gets rolling, he discovers that he will be arrested and put into prison if he is still in the country on Monday morning. Money, love, and character are all on the line this weekend for every guest in the mansion. Some will be better people on Monday morning, and some will not. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Claire McDowell and Paul Harvey
Edgar Norton and G.P. Huntley
Frank Melton and Dorothea Kent
Frank Melton and Gigi Parrish
G.P. Huntley and Dorothea Kent
G.P. Huntley and Gigi Parrish
Howard C. Hickman
Maynard Holmes and Dorothea Kent
Paul Harvey and G.P. Huntley
Valerie Hobson, Maynard Holmes and Betty Compson