"Prosperity" was a Marie Dressler film. She won the Accademy Award in 1931 and came very close agin in 1932 with "Emma". "Prosperity" is a lesser-known film, but on a very timely topic--banks. American banks were moving toward a crisis in 1932 during the Depression and people's funds were not safe. There was no FDIC and the banks were poorly regulated. The film is about the Warren Babk--a family owned bank. Narie plays Maggie Warren. Her grown up son John becomes president of the prosperous family bank after Maggie retires. John marries Hellen and they have two children: Cissy (Jackie Lyn Dufton) and Buster (Jerry Tucker) and they have a happy life.
Jerry was most notable for playing the part of the rich boy in the "Our Gang" short commedies.
The major problem ast first is bickering mother in laws. Lizzy (Helen's mother) inadvertently vauses a run on the bank. The bank has to close because John has used the bank bonds for risky investments. Maggie and John have to sell everything and move in with Lizzy, who is a constant torment. The only chance to get back to normal is to get the bonds back from the confidence men who took them.
After a funny Santa Clause Christmas scene comes the scene we see here. Buster who has ringlet curls is taken to the barber. Maggie had instructed the barber how to trim the boy's hair, but he clips the boys's long curls. To hide what has happened from his other granbdmother, Masggie sticks the shorn curls under the Buster's sailor cap.
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