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West of Broadway (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 28 November 1931 (USA)
Jerry Seevers returns from World War I service broken in health and his doctor tells him he has only six months to live. His fiancée jilts him and he sets out to drink himself to death. In ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Ralph Graves (story), Bess Meredyth (story) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Jerry Stevens
El Brendel ... Axel 'Swede' Axelson
Lois Moran ... Dot Stevens
Madge Evans ... Anne
Ralph Bellamy ... Mac - The Ranch Foreman
Frank Conroy ... Judge Barham
Gwen Lee ... Maizie
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Edith Trent
Ruth Renick ... Barbara Main
Willie Fung ... Wing - the Cook
John Miljan ... Norm
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Jerry Seevers returns from World War I service broken in health and his doctor tells him he has only six months to live. His fiancée jilts him and he sets out to drink himself to death. In one of his binges he wakes up to find himself married to what the assumes is a gold-digger after his money. He leaves her and goes to a ranch in Arizona and get rid of his new bride, who is really in love with him. He sets up divorce proceedings and then realizes he actually loves her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Jilted by the girl he left behind- no wonder he took to wine and women to hide his heart-break! (Print Ad- Dolores Star, ((Dolores, Colo.)) 1 January 1932)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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The review of this film in the Motion Picture Herald edition of 22 August 1931 stated "...the picture may be described as the most monotonous piece of cinematic stupidity ever recorded." See more »

Goofs

Dot tells Jerry she took a plane from Chicago to Arizona, but at the time of the story, i.e. 1919, passenger airline service of that nature had not yet been established. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Stevens: [greeting her the following morning, after the sham marriage he's foisted on her] Well, I was pretty well swacked last night.
Dot Stevens: Yeah, when you started to see those pink elephants, I thought I'd have to call for an animal trainer.
Jerry Stevens: Haha. You're a nice girl, and I'm terribly relieved. Now, you're gonna' look at matters sensibly, aren't you?
Dot Stevens: [a bit confused] What are you driving at, Jerry?
Jerry Stevens: Well, any settlement you want will be made, of course. And the divorce will be arranged quietly.
Dot Stevens: [taken aback] Well...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the Nightclub
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Caught Between the Moon and New York City
14 September 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Returning from World War I service are millionaire John Gilbert (as Jerry Seevers) and comic relief pal El Brendel (as Axel "Swede" Axelson). Mr. Gilbert aches for pretty fiancée Madge Evans (as Anne), but she has fallen in love with another man. An alcoholic, Gilbert begins a serious binge. He attaches himself to beautiful but poor blonde Lois Moran (as Dot), who is looking for millionaire companionship. Gilbert continues drinking heavily, proposes to Ms. Moran, and the two are quickly married...

The next morning, Gilbert wakes up with the shakes. He offers Moran a generous settlement to end the "gin marriage," but she says she really loves Gilbert. Moran began as a gold-digger, but has now fallen in love with Gilbert. She pledges to save the marriage, win Gilbert's love, and help him his battle with the bottle. Gilbert flees to his ranch, and Moran follows. The couple is further challenged when he reveals a secret, and she attracts attention from Gilbert's ranch foreman Ralph Bellamy (as Mac)...

The scene played between Mr. Brendel and Chinese cook Willie Fung (as Wing) is more jaw-dropping than side-splitting. Watch as the two heavily accented men cure indigestion by rubbing each other's bellies, then socking each other in the genitals. The comic elements seriously drag this interesting drama down; possibly, Brendel was included to highlight Gilbert's relatively deep, masculine voice. Otherwise, this film isn't hazardous. Gilbert was given Brendel, a good part, and an attractive vis-à-vis.

***** West of Broadway (11/28/31) Harry Beaumont ~ John Gilbert, Lois Moran, El Brendel, Ralph Bellamy


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ett nattligt äventyr See more »

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