Sweepings is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film directed by John Cromwell, written by Lester Cohen, and starring Lionel Barrymore, Eric Linden, William Gargan, Gloria Stuart and Alan Dinehart. It was released on April 14, 1933, by RKO Pictures.[1][2][3]

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Directed byJohn Cromwell
Produced byDavid O. Selznick
Screenplay byLester Cohen
Based onSweepings
by Lester Cohen
StarringLionel Barrymore
Eric Linden
William Gargan
Gloria Stuart
Alan Dinehart
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyEdward Cronjager
Edited byGeorge Nicholls, Jr.
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • April 14, 1933 (1933-04-14)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


Daniel Pardway builds his Chicago department store, the Bazaar, from nothing into a major success, making him wealthy. After the birth of his fourth child, he is left widowed. He raises his three sons and one daughter the best he can, denying them nothing, dreaming of one day leaving his store in their hands. When they are all adults, he turns to each of his sons in turn (he dismisses his daughter because she is a girl), but all of them prove unwilling or unable to manage the store.


Connection to real people

The Daniel Pardway character, played by Lionel Barrymore is based on Marshall Field, American entrepreneur and founder of the Chicago-based department store chain.[4]


  1. "Sweepings (1933) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  2. "Movie Review-Sweepings - Lionel Barrymore and Gregory Ratoff in Film Version of a Novel by Lester Cohen". Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  3. "Sweepings Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Sweepings". TV Guide. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  4. Erickson, Hal. Any Resemblance to Actual Persons: The Real People Behind 400+ Movie Characters. NY: McFarland, 2017, p. 164.
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