Divorced Ethnologist John Parker loves his two boys, Al and Terry, and misses them terribly when they have to leave his archaeological dig at the end of the summer. While Al goes to ...
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Divorced Ethnologist John Parker loves his two boys, Al and Terry, and misses them terribly when they have to leave his archaeological dig at the end of the summer. While Al goes to military school, Terry returns home and learns that his mother, Grace, has married Dr. Phil Shumaker, a stable man who can provide the home that Grace never had with John. When John gets a note from Terry saying that Grace has married and he wishes he were dead, John decides to give up his work and go to his sons. He visits Al at military school first and asks his assistance in helping Terry to accept Phil as his new father. Though the terms of the divorce prevent John from seeing Terry at home, he takes a place near them and asks Al to keep in touch with him about Terry's progress. Though Phil tries to be a good father, he does not understand Terry and makes rules that are impossible for the child to follow. Written by
This well acted MGM drama about two boys struggling to adapt to a new father is relatively well-written if ultimately far-fetched. Jackie Cooper is the annoying tow-headed youngster whose mother and father (Lois Wilson and Lewis Stone) separate, with Wilson remarrying the town doctor, played by Conrad Nagel. Cooper can't adjust, and Stone has some trouble getting used to having a young boy around the house, so the sparks fly, as Nagel hopes to regain custody of Cooper and his older brother (Maurice Murphy). Nagel is particularly fine, as is Stone, but Cooper is annoying and Wilson is merely adequate as his mother. There's a nice set-bound recreation of the Sacramento River delta, though, and the film does a good job of keeping your attention.
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