To-morrow I’ll bring you my candidate.”“You have helped M. Favoral to escape, gentlemen?” said he.It’s the classic happy ending to a movie that has no business singing Kumbaya.One by one the lights go out, and the great windows with diminutive panes become dark.He charged her with being foolishly extravagant; which fact, however, he added, did not surprise him much on the part of the daughter of a man who had dissipated a large fortune.More pale than his napkin, the cashier stood up.“The manager,” he stammered, “the director of the Mutual Credit Society.”I have noticed lately a young gentleman about here who looks up quite suspiciously when he goes by No. 38.”The problem is, if he wins the company, will he lose the girl? Maybe the best single moment in the movie comes when he is sure he will never, ever, get to first base with Kate.For two years the poor girl, condemned to bear this illegitimate stepmother, endured nameless sufferings.I would have done just as he did.”“It’s evident,” he said at last, “this window opens on the courtyard of the next house.”Of course, coming three years after Twins, this isn’t the oddest screen pairing to feature the former Taxi star.Other People’s Money is no less forceful in its denunciation of a bankrupt culture but it allows the audience to laugh along the way.By 1991, it had become fashionable to give the anti-hero the spotlight and occasionally the victory.Meanwhile, the takeover bid climaxes in a shareholder’s meeting inside the factory, at which both Jorgy and Larry make speeches.He occupied the second story of the house.
No. 38,—one of those old-fashioned dwellings, such as they build no more, since ground is sold at twelve hundred francs the square metre; in which there is no stinting of space.In his contemporaneous review of the movie, Roger Ebert agreed with this assessment, calling it “…tacked on, manufactured, [and] concocted out of a Hollywood studio’s knee-jerk need to provide a smileyface ending…”Stupefied with astonishment, the poor woman still refused to admit the evidence.But his suspicions did not extend beyond the destruction of a few compromising papers.His coldness concealed a stupid obstinacy; his mildness, an iron will.We can see it in Larry’s eyes, which sparkle when he talks about accumulating other people’s money, but turn into the large, brown eyes of an adoring spaniel whenever he gazes upon Kate Sullivan.Unfortunately, Other People’s Money runs for one scene too long and that epilogue, once watched, can’t be unseen.And yet every thing seemed to smile upon her at the outset of life.Then a child breaks up the regularity of one’s habits; and he, as he affirmed, was attached to his as much as to life itself.“I could swear, sir,” she protested, “that I knew how my husband spent every hour of his life.”This was the honeymoon; and, as he declared himself, this life of prodigalities could not last.“Let us examine the papers, then,” said he.
It was a bill.She read thus:“I have made up my mind to marry again,” he said; “but I wish first to provide you with a husband.If ever his blue eye became animated, it was when he calculated what would be at the present time the capital produced by a simple penny placed at five per cent interest the year of the birth of our Saviour.It is my weakness and my want of courage that have brought on this catastrophe.Summer and winter, he wears gray pantaloons, a long frock-coat, laced shoes, and lisle-thread gloves.To cap the climax, Vincent Favoral was on the worst possible terms with his father-in-law.“Please lead me to it, madame.”There have been many stories about bad apples in the financial market – those who steal the inheritances of widows and squander it without a second thought.Not less distressed than herself, they strove, nevertheless, to mitigate her anguish, to inspire her with sufficient courage to bear this crushing trial; and kneeling at her feet, and kissing her hands,