Hugo and Biff were friends until they met Virginia. Biff could think of no one but Virginia, but she would never be happy with a big slow bully. So she married Hugo and Biff married Amy just because his Virginia got married. Amy loves Biff, but Biff constantly thinks of Virginia even after Hugo takes his job and has him put into prison for two years. Written by
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Although a Paramount film, Warner Bros. acquired the rights for the 1941 and 1948 remakes, so it is in the MGM/UA and Turner library with a running time of 69 minutes. However, some cutting of the original must have taken place, because both Clara Blandick (who is credited on-screen) and Sam Hardy do not appear in their print. See more »
In the Good Old Summertime
Music by George Evans
Lyrics by Ren Shields
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Sung a cappella by Roscoe Karns
Played as backround music at Avery Park and at the carousel
Played by the band at Schneider's picnic auction
Played and sung by a group in the park See more »
I suppose it doesn't stand up to close analysis: For one thing, what does the Frances Fuller character see in the Gary Cooper character (other than his looking like Gary Cooper?). He's undeservedly boastful, he's hot-tempered, he's snide and hyperdefensive. Also, how, having fallen so ignominiously, would the Coop character reestablish his place in the community? It doesn't add up.
Nevertheless, this is a heartfelt and most moving rural romance, less elaborate than its Warners remake but more affecting. Despite its Paramount imprimatur, its small-town setting, unfussy production values, and understated tone more suggest the Fox studio of the day. Cooper, underplaying masterfully, somehow makes this lout likable, and Fuller, who didn't have much of a career, has unusual soulfulness. Somewhat in the fashion of Molnar's "Liliom" (or its Americanized counterpart, "Carousel"), it's a sincere story of a ne'er-do-well braggart and the good woman who loves him unconditionally; the happy resolution is perhaps not credible, practically speaking, but it's so soul-satisfying.
Roscoe Karns is enormous help as Cooper's uncomplicated, good-natured longtime pal, and interesting folk like Jane Darwell and Clara Blandick turn up in small roles. At a trim 75 minutes, it's not only a good story well told but a vivid look at a happier America long, long vanished.
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