High Finance (1933)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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High Finance, Ida Lupino's second film (and one of director George King's many low-budget quickies), is "a drama of a man overwhelmed by his own success," as the studio's publicity department put it. The man is question is Sir Grant Rayburn (Gibb McLaughlin), a man whose blinders prevent him from appreciating those around him. This is especially true of his daughter Jill (played by Lupino), determinedly in love with a man that Rayburn deems unsuitable. He resolutely refuses to allow her to marry without his consent and dismisses the matter, concentrating on a new opportunity that has presented itself: the opportunity to become chairman of a new company. He ignores the advice of others who see this as a disastrous move, and as a result ends up in jail. While behind bars, he comes to realize that he has behaved in an unsuitable and self-centered way, and emerges a better, more beneficent man.

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family-disapproval, frame-up, love, marriage, niece, prison, redemption, uncle