Daniel Pardway, starting with almost nothing after the great Chicago fire, builds the biggest department store in town. He wants to pass on the business to his three sons and daughter, but ... See full summary »

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Daniel Pardway, starting with almost nothing after the great Chicago fire, builds the biggest department store in town. He wants to pass on the business to his three sons and daughter, but has to deal with their lack of interest or aptitude. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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The opening scene in the barn is recycled footage from the previous version of this film, "Sweepings" (1933). See more »

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Daniel Pardway: I rattle around in that old house like a pea in a shoe box.
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Version of Three Sons (1939) See more »

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Silent Night
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Words by Joseph Mohr
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Sung and played as background music at Christmas
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Lionel Barrymore is excellent in this good drama about life's successes and disappointments.
17 March 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Any parent who ever became disappointed with his children and any child who felt parental pressure will surely enjoy this drama. Lionel Barrymore is terrific as the father of four children, nicely played as adults by Eric Linden, William Gargan, George Meeker and Gloria Stuart, who cause him great embarrassment and grief and want little or nothing to do with the very successful department store he founded in Chicago after the great fire of 1871. The rest of the supporting cast all do well with Gregory Ratoff a standout as Barrymore's faithful manager, who feels he is not appreciated. Director John Cromwell gets the right feel of the period and handles the crowd scenes (with 300 extras used in the frenzied sale scenes) very well. This was an enjoyable movie.

Interesting tidbits: Barrymore had the flu and a fever of 103°F through some of the production but kept filming despite the doctor's order to rest. Special makeup applied by uncredited Mel Berns and Ern Westmore made the 55-year-old Barrymore look 25 at the start of the film. William Gargan was also in the 1939 remake "Three Sons," but played the part that Alan Dinehart played in this film.


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