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The Expert (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 5 March 1932 (USA)
An old yet spry man comes to Chicago to live with his son and daughter-in-law. Despite the old fellow's good intentions, he becomes a useless irritation to the couple. However, Grandpa ... See full summary »

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Charles 'Chic' Sale ...
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Dickie
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Nettie Minick
Ralf Harolde ...
Jim Crowley (as Ralf Harold)
Adrienne Dore ...
Sadie Crowley
Earle Foxe ...
Fred Minick
Noel Francis ...
Daisy
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Miss Crackenwald
Dorothea Wolbert ...
Annie (as Dorothy Wolbert)
Charles E. Evans ...
Hard of Hearing Grant Resident (as Charles Evans)
Louise Beavers ...
Lulu
Walter Catlett ...
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An old yet spry man comes to Chicago to live with his son and daughter-in-law. Despite the old fellow's good intentions, he becomes a useless irritation to the couple. However, Grandpa befriends a young orphan boy, whom he helps to set upon the straight and narrow path. He finds solace in this relationship and also in the company of elderly men who live in a home nearby. But the orphan boy's step-father hatches an evil plan that will soon upset the apple cart . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Old Man Minick  »

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 24 September 1924 and closed in January 1925 after 141 performances. The opening night cast included O.P. Heggie as "Old Man Minick." See more »

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Version of No Place to Go (1939) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
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The Old Folk's at Home
14 September 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In Chicago, elderly Charles "Chic" Sale (as John T. Minick) arrives to live with son Earle Foxe (as Fred) and his socially-conscious wife Lois Wilson (as Nettie). Asserting that an old man is harder to handle than a baby, their maid quits. Dorothea Wolbert (as Annie) and Louis Beavers (as Lulu) make the most of their small maid roles as the script gives them some room to characterize. "I come here to be a help, not a hindrance," Mr. Sale declares, and tries unsuccessfully to be handy around the house. Without much to help with, Sale goes outside to shovel and meets adorable neighbor Dickie Moore (as Richard "Dickie" Foster). The plot thickens when thieving little Moore sees Sale has a stash of money hidden in his trunk...

Watch as director Archie Mayo does a fine job introducing young Moore as "across the tracks" although he lives in the relatively nice community. The orphan boy is living Charles Dickens-style with unscrupulous Ralf Harolde (as Jim Crowley) and his sexy wife Adrienne Dore (as Sadie). This simple adaptation of Edna Ferber's "Old Man Minick" scores in the cute Sale/Moore casting and captures a pre-"New Deal" America where an old man with no personal assets is able to bond with a similarly afflicted orphan; they provide each other with a grandfather/grandson relationship that might have otherwise been impossible. The "old folks' home" herein is not the more common "poor house" many had to live in, though.

***** The Expert (3/5/32) Archie Mayo ~ Charles 'Chic' Sale, Dickie Moore, Lois Wilson, Earle Foxe


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