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|Rich Man's Folly|
|Directed by||John Cromwell|
|Screenplay by||Edward E. Paramore Jr.|
|Edited by||George Nichols Jr.|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Rich Man's Folly is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film directed by John Cromwell and written by Edward E. Paramore Jr. and Grover Jones. The film stars George Bancroft, Frances Dee, Robert Ames, Juliette Compton, David Durand, Dorothy Peterson, and Harry Allen. The film was released on November 14, 1931, by Paramount Pictures. This modern adaptation of the 1848 novel Dombey and Son is regarded as Hollywood's first major screen adaptation of a Charles Dickens work.
- George Bancroft as Brock Trumbull
- Frances Dee as Ann Trumbull
- Robert Ames as Joe Warren
- Juliette Compton as Paula Norcross
- David Durand as Brock Junior
- Dorothy Peterson as Katherine Trumbull
- Harry Allen as McWylie
- Gilbert Emery as Kincaid
- Guy Oliver as Dayton
- Anne Shirley as Anne, as a child
- George MacFarlane as Marston
Director John Cromwell commented on the film and actor George Bancroft in an interview with historian Kinglesy Canham (circa 1975):
”...Rich Man’s Folly was a very good opportunity [to make something more than a routine picture]; it was a modern dress version of Dickens’ Dombey and Son, and it should have been absolutely splendid for Bancroft except that it required in the actor a consciousness of the material—of which he had none! To him it was always just another part to play in the same old manner. He had no realization of the opportunities that were there, so they were simply missed.”
- The House That Shadows Built (1931) Paramount promotional film with excerpts of Rich Man's Folly
- Sandra Brennan (2015). "Rich-Man-s-Folly - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
- "Rich Man's Folly". afi.com. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
- Cartmell, Deborah (July 30, 2015). Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-37. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 62. ISBN 9781623560423.
- Canham, 1976 p. 62-63
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