Prosperity (film)

Prosperity is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy-drama film starring Marie Dressler and Polly Moran. The two leading actresses play longtime matriarchal ladies comically sparring off each other, and trying to control their intertwined lives.

Poster of the film
Directed bySam Wood
Produced byIrving Thalberg (uncredited)
Screenplay byIrving Thalberg
StarringMarie Dressler
Polly Moran
Anita Page
Norman Foster
CinematographyLeonard Smith
Edited byLe Vanway
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • November 12, 1932 (1932-11-12)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,514,000[1]


Maggie Warren (Dressler) inherited a family bank during the Depression and Lizzie Praskins (Moran) is one of her biggest depositors. Maggie’s son John is engaged to Lizzies's daughter Helen. All kinds of farces happen when the would-be mothers-in-law battle for setting the wedding's protocol including their different preferences of choosing the pastor to perform the ceremony.

As the story goes on, Lizzie has a panic attack based on rumors about the bank going to belly-up. She hysterically withdraws all her money causing all other customers in the bank to panic and they in return take out their money. The Warren family bank is forced to close. Maggie’s naive son gets swindled out of his mother’s bonds. As farces go, at the end the swindlers are caught and Maggie’s matriarchal resourcefulness with her wised-up son gets the bank solvent again, and the two matriarchal families are bonded with mirthful resolutions. [2][3][4]


Box office

According to MGM records the film earned $1,166,000 in the US and Canada and $348,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $378,000.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. New York Times
  3. review review from
  4. Ludington Daily News (Dec 12 1932)
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