A three-generations saga over many decades in which Orin Nordholm Jr. (Paul Muni), an ambitious Dakota farm boy of immigrant parents moves to Chicago and into the meat-packing business where he makes a fortune by inventing the refrigerated-railway-freight car or ice-boxes-on-wheels but is unhappy in his marriage to Virginia Claffin (Mary Astor), a snobbish socialite who is willing to accept his money but not his method of making it.
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HUMAN! TOUCHING! DYNAMIC!
Did You Know?
The story begins in 1856, at which time Anna Nordholm (Alice MacMahon) appears to be at least 30 years old. By the time the story wraps up, in the early 1930s, this would put her well past 100, a bit of a stretch considering the life expectancy of that era. See more
At around an hour into the film, when Paul enters the office holding a newspaper, in the second shot of him, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible to the right of the doorway. See more
Orin Nordholm Jr.
Ice boxes on wheels!... Ice boxes on wheels!... Ice boxes on wheels!
Title card: Dakota Territory 1856 See more
Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388 (Roses from the South)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the party after Ginny makes the announcement See more