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A Successful Calamity (1932)

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72 min | Comedy, Drama

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 ...See moreHenry 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. Written by Robert See less
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Clare Kummer (play) | Maude T. Howell (adaptation and dialogue) (as Maude Howell) | Julien Josephson (adaptation and dialogue) | Austin Parker (adaptation and dialogue)
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Updated Sep 17, 1932

Release date
Sep 17, 1932 (United States)

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32 cast members
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George Arliss
Henry Wilton Henry Wilton   See fewer
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Mary Astor
Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton   See fewer
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Evalyn Knapp
Peggy Wilton Peggy Wilton   See fewer
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Grant Mitchell
Connors, Wilton's Butler Connors, Wilton's Butler   See fewer
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Hardie Albright
George Struthers, Peggy's Beau George Struthers, Peggy's Beau   See fewer
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William Janney
Eddie Wilton Eddie Wilton   See fewer
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David Torrence
Partington Partington   See fewer
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Randolph Scott
Larry Rivers, the Polo Coach Larry Rivers, the Polo Coach   See fewer
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Hale Hamilton
John Belde -\sWilton's Business Associate John Belde -\sWilton's Business Associate   See fewer
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Fortunio Bonanova
Pietro Rafaelo, the Pianist Pietro Rafaelo, the Pianist   See fewer
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Oscar Apfel
President of the United States President of the United States   See fewer
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Murray Kinnell
Alfred Curtis, The Broker Alfred Curtis, The Broker   See fewer
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Harold Minjir
Watson, Eddie's Valet (as Harold Minjur) Watson, Eddie's Valet (as Harold Minjur)   See fewer
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Barbara Leonard
Pauline, The French Maid Pauline, The French Maid   See fewer
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Eula Guy
Jane, the Cook's Helper Jane, the Cook's Helper   See fewer
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Leon Ames
Barney Davis - Witon's Junior Associate (as Leon Waycoff) Barney Davis - Witon's Junior Associate (as Leon Waycoff)   See fewer
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Virginia Hammond
Mrs. Langstreet Mrs. Langstreet   See fewer
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Richard Tucker
Lawrence, Partington's Partner Lawrence, Partington's Partner   See fewer
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Charles Coleman
Emmy's Musicale Butler Emmy's Musicale Butler   See fewer
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Jack Rutherford
Wilton's Chauffeur (as John Rutherford) Wilton's Chauffeur (as John Rutherford)   See fewer
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Helena Phillips Evans
Lily, the Wilton's Cook (as Helena Phillips) Lily, the Wilton's Cook (as Helena Phillips)   See fewer
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Elspeth Dudgeon
Musicale Guest (uncredited) Musicale Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Elliott
Polo Player (uncredited) Polo Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles E. Evans
Furniture mover (uncredited) Furniture mover (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lew Harvey
Photographer at Train (uncredited) Photographer at Train (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Howard
Reporter at Train (uncredited) Reporter at Train (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allan Lane
Polo Player (uncredited) Polo Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kate Drain Lawson
Musicale Guest (uncredited) Musicale Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nola Luxford
Mary (uncredited) Mary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Claire McDowell
Struthers' Secretary (uncredited) Struthers' Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Buddy Roosevelt
Polo Player With Drinks (uncredited) Polo Player With Drinks (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ellinor Vanderveer
Musicale Guest (uncredited) Musicale Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.9 / 10 | 250 votes