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Character actors never get old, because they start that way. Although Aline MacMahon had played her share of gold diggers at Warner Bros., where she got the glamour treatment in Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), she was, at heart, a character woman, with years of experience at playing characters older than herself on stage and screen. So, when Warner Bros. bought the rights to Edward Chodorov's Broadway success about a lonely, aging woman taken in by a con artist who before long has moved his unscrupulous friends into her home and is plotting to steal her savings and her art collection before taking her life, she was the logical choice for the lead. The studio gave her an amiable group of low-lives out to fleece MacMahon, headed by Basil Rathbone as the starving artist who charms his way into her home. And George B. Seitz built up suspense as the increasingly frantic and ill MacMahon (Rathbone and his cronies are drugging her) struggles to get some message to the outside world. MGM would buy the rights years later for a remake starring Ethel Barrymore and Maurice Evans and with Doris Lloyd, who plays MacMahon's sister here, as Barrymore's maid.

By Frank Miller

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