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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
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Jim Crowley (as Ralf Harold)
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Sadie Crowley
Earle Foxe ...
Fred Minick
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Daisy
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Miss Crackenwald
Dorothea Wolbert ...
Annie (as Dorothy Wolbert)
Charles E. Evans ...
Hard of Hearing Grant Resident (as Charles Evans)
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Lulu
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Al
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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 Welcome Home (1925) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Pretty much what I'd expect from a Sale film.
17 June 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Charles 'Chic' Sale was a very odd sort of entertainer. In films and on stage, Sale played a likable but cantankerous old man...yet was far younger than he appeared due to a combination of makeup and acting. Here in "The Expert", he is 47 but appears to be at least 75. Sadly, by 51, Sale would die...never having actually become an old man in real life! As for his films, they are a very similar lot--with Sale playing a very spry old man who is full of wisdom yet is pretty much ignored by the young folks around him.

When the film begins, Grandpa (Sale) moves in with his son and daughter-in-law. It's pretty obvious he's a bit of a nuisance but out of obligation they invited him to stay. Grandpa CAN be a bit opinionated and annoying but the young folks also are a very intolerant lot. So, Grandpa spends much of his time in the park with his fellow oldsters as well as with a sad little boy, Dickie (Dickie Moore). While Dickie has a father, he's a scum-bag and not the sort of fatherly figure you'd want any kid to have.

The film is extremely typical of Sale's films...so much that it's not exactly what I'd put in the Must-See category. But it is reasonably enjoyable...especially for the climactic fight scene near the end. The film's only major deficit, apart from originality, is Dickie Moore. Although cute, he's not the best child actor in this one and comes off as rather whiny and annoying.


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