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Henry Wilton is an elderly millionaire saddled with his selfish young second wife Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton and a pair of spoiled grown children (Peggy and Eddie). To test his family's mettle, Henry pretends to have gone broke. Just as he suspected they would, his children rally to their father's side and change their ways: Peggy forsakes the fortune hunter George Struthers for the nice young man she's really in love with, the polo coach Larry Rivers; while Eddie applies for a demanding job and performs admirably. Only Sweetie seems to desert Henry.

  1. John G. Adolfi


  2. Clare Kummer


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  1. George Arliss

    George Arliss

    Henry Wilton

  2. Mary Astor

    Mary Astor

    Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton

  3. Evalyn Knapp

    Evalyn Knapp

    Peggy Wilton

  4. Grant Mitchell

    Grant Mitchell

    Connors, Wilton's Butler

  5. Hardie Albright

    Hardie Albright

    George Struthers, Peggy's Beau

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A Successful Calamity
A Successful Calamity


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Status Released

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  • September 17, 1932


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 12m

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