Children of the Ritz (1929)

Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Children of the Ritz was based on a serialized magazine story by future suspense specialist Cornell Woolrich. Spoiled heiress Angela Pennington (Dorothy Mackaill) falls in love with impoverished chauffeur Dewey Haines (Jack Mulhall). Subsequently, their respective social standings are radically changed when Angela's family goes broke and Dewey wins $50,000 at the race track. After their marriage, Angela reverts to her spendthrift ways, quickly depleting her husband's bank account. Disgustedly, he walks out on her and takes a cab-driving job. After several further complications, Angela catches up with Dewey and promises to reform. A silent film, Children of the Ritz was released with synchronized sound effects (mostly honking horns) and a Vitaphone musical score.

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chauffeur, heir, love, poverty