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Only Yesterday (1933)





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Distantly related to Frederick Lewis Allen's non-fiction book of the same name, Only Yesterday uses fictional characters to trace the years between 1917 and 1929. Wealthy New Yorker John Boles recalls a long-ago affair with southern belle Margaret Sullavan. She gave birth to his child without ever naming the father, then moved to New York herself and set up a dress shop. As the stock-market crash of 1929 wipes out his life savings, Boles becomes remorseful over how he's forgotten Sullavan, who is now dying. He acknowledges that he is the father of her child, and promises to make a good life for the boy despite his dire financial situation. Only Yesterday opens with a remarkable montage sequence showing the devastating effects of the Depression; after that, it never quite gains momentum despite the superb performance of Margaret Sullavan (in her film debut).


John Boles
as James Stanton, Jim Emerson
Jimmy Butler
as Jim Jr.
Billie Burke
as Julia Warren
Benita Hume
as Phyllis Emerson
George Meeker
as Dave Reynolds
June Clyde
as Deborah
Oscar Apfel
as Mr. Lane
Tommy Conlon
as Bob Lane
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Lane
Tom Conlon
as Bob Lane
Noel Francis
as Letitia
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Vincent
Grady Sutton
as Charlie Smith
Bramwell Fletcher
as Scott Hughes
Warren Stokes
as O.O. McIntyre
Crauford Kent
as Graves, Party Guest
Bert Roach
as Rex, Party Guest
Robert Ellis
as (uncredited)
Cissy Fitzgerald
as (uncredited)
Leo White
as New Year's Eve Reveler
Edgar Norton
as George, the Butler
Sidney Bracy
as Second Butler
Jason Robards Sr.
as Wall Street Investor
Maidel Turner
as Party Guest
Eddie Kane
as Wall Street Investor
Louise Beavers
as Abby, the Emerson's Maid
Florence Lake
as One of Jim's Friends
Jeanne Sorel
as Lesbian
Churchill Ross
as Party Guest
'Deacon' McDaniels
as Red Cap Porter
Richard Tucker
as One of Jim's Friends
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Preposterous, creaky old chestnut saved almost totally by a beautiful Margaret Sullavan, in her screen bow, performance. The other saving grace is lovely work by Billie Burke otherwise there are many better films dealing with the unwed mother trope. The ending is terribly abrupt.

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