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Whom the Gods Destroy

Whom the Gods Destroy(1934)

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Brief Synopsis

Broadway's most successful producer, John Forrester (Walter Connolly, character actor who was first-billed in six films in the mid-1930s), is deeply in love with his wife Margaret (Doris Kenyon)and dreams of the future when his son Jack (played in age order by Scotty Beckett, Macon Jones and Robert Young) will step into his shoes. He sails to England to produce a show but the ship strikes a derelict wreckage and is sinking rapidly. In the ensuing wild panic, Forrester saves many lives, until finally, panic stricken by sudden fear, he dons a woman's clothes and is among the rescued. On the coast of Newfouldland, the villagers, not aware of his true identity, curse him but he is befriended by Alec (Hobart Bosworth)who helps him conceal his identity. With a planned story of his survival, he returns to New York but cannot face his family or friends after he sees the plaque to his heroism on his New York theatre. Deciding to remain thought of as dead, he becomes a derelict himself, surviving on odd jobs as he watches from afar his now-grown son (Robert Young)begin his career as a producer. The son meets with failure and Forrester, claiming to be an old friend of his father, goes to him and renders assistance as Jack works on a new play. It is a success and Jack brings his mother to meet his mentor. She recognizes him as her husband and, after Jack has left the room, the two of them decide they still have happiness ahead of them, without Jack having to know the truth.

Cast & Crew

Walter Lang Director
Walter Connolly John Forrester [also known as Eric Jann and Peter Korotoff]
Robert Young Jack Forrester
Doris Kenyon Margaret Forrester
Scotty Beckett Jack Forrester (as a child)
Rollo Lloyd Henry Braverman
Hobart Bosworth Alec [Klein]
Gilbert Emery Prof. Weaver
Akim Tamiroff [Peter] Korotoff
Macon Jones Jack Forrester, age 14
Maidel Turner Henrietta Crosland
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1934 Production Date:  Harry Cohn, President
none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Columbia Pictures Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Columbia Pictures Corp.
Duration(mins):  70-71 or 75 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  7    

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