Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation, leaving his business in the hands of his nephew. While on vacation Reeves runs into his rival's heirs, who are living it ... See full summary »

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Reeves
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Jenny
Theodore Newton ...
Tommy
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Benjamin
Gordon Westcott ...
Pettison
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Hank Davidson
Charles E. Evans ...
Mr. Haslitt (as Charles Evans)
Frederick Burton ...
Judge Larson
Pat Wing ...
Reeves's Secretary
Edward Van Sloan ...
Mr. Briggs
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Benjamin's Secretary
Ruthelma Stevens ...
Mrs. Price
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Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation, leaving his business in the hands of his nephew. While on vacation Reeves runs into his rival's heirs, who are living it up on their dead father's money. He doesn't tell them who he is and gets placed as their trustee. He uses the chance to reorganize their shoe company, becoming a rival to his own nephew. The ne'er-do-wells settle down and become involved in the business. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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20 April 1933 (USA)  »

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The Adopted Father  »

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$199,000 (estimated)
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Although the movie takes place in New York, the letterhead that Jenny types on clearly reads "Calif." See more »

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Remade as Everybody's Old Man (1936) See more »

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My Fraternity Pin
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by George J. Bennett and Lou Klein
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What a pleasant surprise! Terrific. clever film with superb performances
11 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This obscure "Bette Davis" film is obscure enough that I had never seen it. I had heard that this was another of the minor programmers Davis made towards the beginning of the Warner Brothers career. I had also seen a number of George Arliss films and while I enjoyed them, I always thought Alriss' style of theatrical acting was quite out of date in 1933.

What a pleasant surprise! This was shown on TCM today, and is a cleverly written story about a man helps a rival company out of his problems due to his prior love for the late rival's late wife, and the fact that he met and like her children! This is not a typical Warner Brothers programmer....in many ways it's one of the brightest, most enjoyable Warner Brothers films of the period.

Gee, it would be swell to see Warners put it out on DVD.


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