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Broken Dreams (1933)

Approved | | Drama | 20 October 1933 (USA)
Medical intern Robert Morley is distraught after his wife dies in childbirth. He's resentful of his new son and wants nothing to do with him. He leaves the child with his aunt and uncle and... See full summary »

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Beryl Mercer ...
Mom
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Buster Phelps ...
Billy Morley
Charlotte Merriam ...
Grace
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Hopkins
Adele St. Mauer ...
Mademoiselle
Phyllis Lee ...
Nurse
Martin Burton ...
Paul
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Dr. Fleming (as Clarence Geldert)
Edward LeSaint ...
Judge Harvey E. Blake (as E.J. Le Saint)
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Medical intern Robert Morley is distraught after his wife dies in childbirth. He's resentful of his new son and wants nothing to do with him. He leaves the child with his aunt and uncle and heads off to Europe to pursue his medical studies. Morley returns to his hometown six years later, now a successful doctor and engaged to be married to a beautiful socialite. He also feels differently about the boy and attempts to gain custody from his aunt and uncle. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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20 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Billy, dos veces hijo  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Wednesday 28 June 1950 on the Summer Theater on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Don't Call Buster, Shirley
20 April 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Looking at Broken Dreams it seemed to me like Monogram Pictures was trying to develop their own child star in Buster Phelps. This film is just like the material that Shirley Temple was starting to do over at Fox Films. In fact Randolph Scott was in several of her feature films.

Broken Dreams opens on a tragic note as Dr. Randolph Scott's wife dies in childbirth delivering a healthy baby boy. But overcome with grief Scott can't deal with the baby so he leaves his kid in the care of his aunt and uncle Beryl Mercer and Joseph Cawthorn and goes to Europe on a medical assignment.

Six years later, now a respected physician, Scott returns home with a new wife in socialite Martha Sleeper and wants the kid back, now a lively six year old Buster Phelps. He has to fight Cawthorn and Mercer for custody, but the law is on his side. Winning young Buster over is a whole other proposition and Sleeper has mixed emotions about it.

I won't go any farther, but if this doesn't sound like the plot of a Shirley Temple movie you haven't seen too many of them. As for Buster Phelps he hardly had the career that Shirley did. Then again Monogram did not give this film the production values that Fox could Shirley Temple.

It's not a bad film, Buster is cute in his own way. I did love the mischievous trick he played on his French governess involving a pet dog and a chimpanzee. I won't say another word, see the film.


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