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Way Back Home (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 13 November 1931 (USA)
Seth Parker takes in Robbie Turner and protects him from his cruel father Rube. When the father disappears, Seth intends to raise Robbie as his own son. The vindictive father attacks Mary ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phillips Lord ...
Seth Parker (as Phillips H. Lord)
Effie Palmer ...
Mother Parker (as Effie L. Palmer)
Frank Albertson ...
David Clark
Bette Davis ...
Mary Lucy
Frankie Darro ...
Robbie
Dorothy Peterson ...
Rose Clark
Stanley Fields ...
Rufe Turner
Oscar Apfel ...
Wobbling Duffy
Sophia M. Lord ...
Lizzie
Bennett Kilpack ...
Cephus
Raymond Hunter ...
Captain Bang
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Storyline

Seth Parker takes in Robbie Turner and protects him from his cruel father Rube. When the father disappears, Seth intends to raise Robbie as his own son. The vindictive father attacks Mary Lucy, a neighbor's daughter who is also trying to help Robbie. Mary's boyfriend David rescues her and Rube runs off with his son. But not for long. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

13 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Other People's Business  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Phillips Lord and his character name "Seth Parker" appear above the title. They were familiar to 1931 audiences from the radio program on which the film is based. Some RKO executives, however, expressed concern that the radio program appealed only to older folks and that people 15 to 30 years old, do not listen to the program and would not go to see the movie. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie: Been wanting a good excuse to give a party ever since the Jersey cow started giving such good whipping cream!
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Soundtracks

In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
Lyrics by Ren Shields
Played on organ by Effie Palmer and sung by all at the Parkers
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Screen adaptation of popular radio serial
4 May 1999 | by (Chicagoland, IL) – See all my reviews

The story is cliched, the singing is interminable, the acting is weak. About the only time the film comes alive is in the buggy-chase toward the end, a nicely photographed sequence with some impressive stuntwork. A young Bette Davis is the love-interest. Based on a popular radio serial, the story of a Maine preacher who manages to keep his foster son places very little emphasis on the "preaching", more on the common sense humanity of "little people". As such, it has its worth; as a depiction of a cleric, the humanity, not the faith, is what shines through. Occasionally unintentionally hilarious.


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