The Poor Rich


1h 17m 1934

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 26, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Impoverished Albert Stuyvesant Spottiswood arrives in Old Haven, Connecticut, expecting to settle down at the family estate, Spottiswood Manor. He soon discovers, however, that the manor has been deserted and that the Spottiswood fortune has been lost. After his disappointed valet leaves him in town, Albert is rescued by Andy, a lunch wagon cook. Andy and Albert drive to the manor, where they crash into Harriet Spottiswood's decrepit electric automobile, which is being towed by Tom Hopkins' feed wagon. Harriet, who a relative of Albert's and is as poor as he, announces that the extremely wealthy Lord and Lady Featherstone and their daughter Gwendolyn are coming to the manor as house guests. After Harriet suggests to Albert that he marry Gwendolyn for her money, Grace Hunter, an aluminum wares saleswoman, shows up at the manor and pretends to faint. Although Harriet is suspicious of Grace's motives, Albert immediately falls in love with the peddler. With the help of Andy, Tom and Grace, Albert and Harriet make hectic preparations for the arrival of the Featherstones. While Tom and Andy pose as servants to impress the Featherstones, Gwendolyn tries to flirt with Albert. Grace, however, repeatedly interrupts her attempts. Unknown to the Spottiswoods, the Featherstones are as broke as they and have come to the manor with the same goals. Soon, Prince Abdul Hamidshan, a rogue with whom Harriet was once infatuated, arrives, uninvited. Determined to move into the manor, Abdul blackmails Harriet with their past affair. Detective Flannigan then shows up at the manor looking for Abdul, who is a fugitive. Through his questioning of all of the manor's occupants, Flannigan exposes everyone's lies. Eventually, Abdul is arrested, Grace wins Albert, and Gwendolyn wins Andy. Once properly aligned, the group decides to turn the manor into a roadhouse specializing in fried chicken.

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 26, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Trivia

Notes

Although Motion Picture Herald credits Gilbert Kurland as editorial supervisor, Film Daily lists him as recording engineer. Kurland generally was credited on screen as a sound supervisor.