The She-Wolf (1931)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Based on the stage play Mother's Millions, She-Wolf is one of several 1930s films inspired by the life of the reclusive "Witch of Wall Street" Hetty Green. Though a millionairess several times over, financial sorceress Harriet Breen (May Robson) lives like a pauper and expects everyone around her to do the same. In her single-minded pursuit to destroy stock manipulator William Remington (Edmund Breese), whom she despises beyond words, Harriet neglects her two grown children, Tom (Lawrence Gray) and Fair (Frances Dade). But unlike her real-life counterpart, Harriet proves to have a sentimental streak, and when Tom and Fair demonstrate their unswerving loyalty to their mother, she reciprocates by helping them find lasting happiness with the sweethearts of their choice. Despite what director Frank Capra may claim in his autobiography, She-Wolf represents the talking-picture debut of that grand old trouper May Robson.

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ambition, business, career, competition, family, hatred, revenge, rival