West of Broadway

West of Broadway

John Gilbert
Director: Harry Beaumont Cast: John Gilbert
John Gilbert
, El Brendel
El Brendel
, Lois Moran
Lois Moran
Harry Beaumont

DVD (Full Frame)



Though silent star John Gilbert's talking pictures were habitual money-losers, the stubborn actor insisted that MGM honor his $250,000-per-picture contract, signed just before talkies came on. West of Broadway wasn't a bad Gilbert vehicle by any means, but the star's previous failures worked against its success. Gilbert is cast as cynical millionaire Jerry, who, after being snubbed by his sweetheart Anne (Madge Evans), marries Dot (Lois Moran) on the rebound -- and while blind stinking drunk. Sobering up, Jerry treats Dot atrociously, letting her know that he's not in love with her. By the time he realizes that he is, she has had enough of his oafish behavior and has walked out on him. The scene then shifts to Jerry's Arizona ranch, where after much verbal dueling, the reluctant husband is tenderly reunited with his now-forgiving wife. El Brendel, borrowed from Fox Studios, enlivens the picture with his trademarked Swedish-dialect humor.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2012
UPC: 0883316683149
Original Release: 1931
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:13:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Gilbert Jerry
El Brendel Axel
Lois Moran Dot
Madge Evans Anne
Ralph Bellamy Mac
Frank Conroy Judge Barham
Gwen Lee Maizie
Hedda Hopper Mrs. Trent
Ruth Renick Barbara
Willie Fung Wing
Richard Carlyle Actor

Technical Credits
Harry Beaumont Director
Merritt B. Gerstad Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Ralph Graves Original Story
George Hively Editor
Gene Markey Screenwriter
James K. McGuinness Screenwriter
Bess Meredyth Original Story

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