The Idle Rich (Full Screen)
Warner Archive Collection (series)
Strife and mayhem follow after a wealthy bridegroom moves in with his wife's working-class family. Based on the play "White Collars" by Edith Ellis.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 1, 2012
- Originally Released: 1929
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Bessie Love, Robert Ober, Conrad Nagel, Leila Hyams & James Neill|
|Performer:||James Neill, Edythe Chapman, Donald Woods, Barton MacLane, George E. Stone & Addison Richards|
|Directed by||William C. de Mille & William C. deMille|
|Edited by||Conrad A. Nervig|
|Screenwriting by||Clara S. Beranger|
|Cinematography by||Leonard Smith|
|Art Direction by||Cedric Gibbons|
|Director of Photography:||Leonard Smith|
Description by OLDIES.com:
This early Talkie comes loaded with love and laughter as the alluring and versatile Leila Hyams (Freaks, Ruggles of Red Gap) stars opposite leading light Conrad Nagel in this comedy of love between the classes. After millionaire William Van Luyn (Nagel) snags stenographer Joan Thayer (Hyams), he finds himself subjected to the stentorian social critiques of her strident "working white-collar" relatives. The good-natured Van Luyn gamely moves in with Joan's family, eager to show he has no disdain for the hardships and shortcomings enjoyed by Joan's "class." As the Thayer family's haughty pride comes to endanger both William's marital happiness and their own prospects, William gambles his fortune against his understanding of human nature in order to bring them to their senses. This engaging comedy of class and romance also features Bessie Love, whose remarkable career stretched from the Silent Era all the way to the Eighties.
In this comedy, a middle-class stenographer marries her wealthy boss. Her family is intimidated by his status and when the happy couple comes to call, they spend much of their time lecturing him about class equality. The wealthy husband is particularly moved by a speech from his bride's cousin and decides to move in with the middle-class family to prove that he is not enslaved by notions of social class. There he endures a myriad inconveniences.
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