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Private Number (1936)





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Private Number is the old saw about the wealthy young man who marries his family's serving girl. This time Richard Winfield (Robert Taylor) is the handsome, aristocrat hero, while Ellen Neal (Loretta Young) is the gorgeous, low-born heroine. Though they oppose the match, Richard's parents cope with the situation as best they can, but arrogant family butler Wroxton (Basil Rathbone) works overtime to break up the happy couple. Wroxton, of course, is not entirely motivated by snobbery -- he has a craving for Ellen himself. Private Number is based on Cleave Kinkead's stage play Common Clay, previously filmed twice under that title.


Loretta Young
as Ellen Neal
Basil Rathbone
as Thomas Wroxton
Marjorie Gateson
as Mrs. Winfield
Paul Harvey
as Perry Winfield
Joe E. Lewis
as Smiley Watson
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Meecham
May Beatty
as Grandma Gammon
Jack Pennick
as Gus Rilovitch
Paul Stanton
as Rawlings
Fred Kelsey
as Detective
Kane Richmond
as Chauffeur
Prince the Dog
as Hamlet, a Dog
Billy Bevan
as Frederick
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A creaky romantic drama.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Private Number


Being on the thick and slow side of the family tree I'm only now beginning to see just how important money and status and class (and the desiring of all that) had to do with films around the time of the Great Depression. Duh. Here's one wherein the inherent dream addressed, surprise, surprise, is to marry into money. Young is a lowly working girl w/o even bus fare who gets a job as a serving wench for some bluebloods whose son takes a liking to her. Is she merely the fortune hunting wretch his family paints her as, or is she the real deal, and if she is does it matter because she's still from poverty? At least in this one the rich are not painted entirely as bores and cads. A Great Dane nearly steals the whole thing which kinda lets you know about the rest of the cast.

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