The House on 56th Street

The House on 56th Street

Kay Francis
Director: Robert Florey Cast: Kay Francis
Kay Francis
, Ricardo Cortez
Ricardo Cortez
, Gene Raymond
Gene Raymond
Robert Florey

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)



This melodrama chronicles three decades in the life of the New York located title house beginning at the turn of the century when a chorine falls in love with a wealthy young man. He loves her too and this inspires the lass to leave her sugar daddy, marry and move into the beautiful home that is located very close to Park Avenue. The pair are deliciously happy and even more so when a daughter is born. Unfortunately, unhappiness comes in the form of the jilted lover who returns and threatens to kill himself unless the former dancer comes back to him. Concerned, she visits his apartment to dissuade him from suicide. A struggle ensues with his gun and he dies leaving her to spend twenty years in jail for the alleged crime. Fortunately, her husband's belief in her innocence and his devotion never wavers. Unfortunately, he ends up killed on the front lines during WW I. It is 1925 when the hapless heroine is finally released from prison. She finds herself confused by the many dramatic changes that have turned refined New York into the wild Big Apple of the 1920s. She is also upset that her late husband's family refuses to let her see her grown daughter. They pay her a large sum to stay a stranger. On a subsequent ocean cruise she joins forces with a card sharp and becomes a wealthy con artist. They decide to work in a speakeasy on 56th Street. Surprise, it turns out to be her old home and in it is still the beautiful Florentine medallion that once symbolized the undying love between the woman and her husband. Still she opens the house for its disreputable business. One night her daughter, a compulsive gambler, who of course, doesn't recognize her own mother, shows up and loses a lot of money. She and the card sharp get in a terrible row and the young girl shoots him. Her mother then tries to take the rap but the speakeasy owner doesn't buy it and tells her he'll cover for her on the provision that she remain in the house forever. She accepts the dubious proposition and the story ends.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2010
UPC: 0883316270509
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:09:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kay Francis Peggy Van Tyle
Ricardo Cortez Bill Blaine
Gene Raymond Monte Van Tyle
John Halliday Lindon Fiske
Margaret Lindsay Eleanor Burgess
Frank McHugh Hunt
Sheila Terry Dolly
William "Stage" Boyd Bonelli
Hardie Albright Henry Burgess
Philip Faversham Gordon
Nella Walker Mrs. Van Tyle
Henry O'Neill Baxter
Phillip Reed Freddy
Walter Walker Dr. Wyman
Samuel S. Hinds Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Florey Director
Bud Bretherton Editor
Sheridan Gibney Screenwriter
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Esdras Hartley Art Director
William Keighley Screenwriter
Orry Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Austin Parker Screenwriter
James Seymour Producer

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