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The Struggle (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 10 December 1931 (USA)
A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism.

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

Anita Loos (from the screen story by), John Emerson (from the screen story by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hal Skelly ... Jimmie Wilson
Zita Johann ... Florrie Wilson
Charlotte Wynters ... Nina
Evelyn Baldwin Evelyn Baldwin ... Nan Wilson
Jackson Halliday Jackson Halliday ... Johnnie Marshall
Edna Hagan Edna Hagan ... Mary Wilson
Claude Cooper Claude Cooper ... Sam
Arthur Lipson Arthur Lipson ... Cohen
Charles Richman ... Mr. Craig
Helen Mack ... A Catty Girl
Scott Moore Scott Moore ... Al - A Gigolo
Dave Manley Dave Manley ... Tony - A Mill Worker
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A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Nights in a Bar Room See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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An Interesting Descent
4 March 2015 | by Dimitrios0415See all my reviews

A very well made film from start to finish, it is rather solid all the way through, but it is nothing that screams "revolutionary" by any means. An interesting plot following the descent of a man into deep brooding alcoholism, it is by no means a pleasant film, with a rather dark subject matter, but that is where the appeal comes from. It touches a topic, that at the time, was an extreme issue, and can still be debated now if it's as bad as it was before. The last film D.W. Griffith did, it came under scathing criticism at its original release. Now the film has kind of sweetened with age, making the simple plot, seem a bit more deep. Many look at the film as Griffith's own rationalization on how things went for him. His change from the start of his career to now. Some critics have called it a last ditch effort by a broken man about a man breaking. That can sum it up very well, the tale of how Griffith had to make this film is enough of a sad tale to make you feel a bit sad, it came to major scrutiny by the public due to the depression, making no one want to see a complex drama making them look into themselves. They wanted escape, not return. A fair watch, if you have some spare time, and feel like watching something a bit deep, this is a good pick.


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