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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)
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David Clark
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Mary Lucy
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Robbie
Dorothy Peterson ...
Rose Clark
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Rufe Turner
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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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13 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Other People's Business  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Bette Davis' film debut. 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 Evening by the Moonlight
(1880) (uncredited)
Written James Allen Bland
Sung a cappella by Raymond Hunter and three others at the taffy pull party
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Early 20th century Americana
9 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film gets off to a very slow start with a scene where an old New England farmer drives a tax accountant from the city nuts with his convoluted tales of bartering and swapping; being an accountant, he just wants the numbers. This went on so long, I almost gave up before the movie got underway, but I'm glad I stuck with it. It's not a great story, and it's certainly not what you'd call a Bette Davis film--she's a secondary character.

What it does do very well is to depict a rural American life that is long gone--listening in on the party line, sharing preserves with the neighbors, a taffy pull, and especially singing. The folks all gather at the preacher's house to sing the traditional American standards of the day, accompanied by the preacher's wife on a pump organ: "Love's Old Sweet Song," "Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet," "Seeing Nellie Home," and the like. I imagine these are mostly forgotten today, and it's nice to see them preserved in a relatively realistic context such as this. An unexpected pleasure.


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