In 1845 London, the Barrett family is ruled with an iron fist by its stern widowed patriarch, Edward Moulton-Barrett. His nine grown children are afraid of him more than they love him. One of his rules is that none of his children are allowed to marry.
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Yes, it's certainly theatrical at times because Sidney Franklin was no more than a good technician but, nonetheless, the film stays in your memory because of Norma Shearer (bearable here), Maureen O'Sullivan (good actress), Fredric March (classy) and above all Charles Laughton (great). Oh and I loved Una O'Connor (she walks as if she were playing in a Dracula movie!). Highly recommended!