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Writers:
Charles Kenyon (screen play) &
Maude T. Howell (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
20 April 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation leaving his business in the hands of his nephew... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Mr. George Arliss Invites You To Another Master Class In Acting See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Arliss ... Reeves

Bette Davis ... Jenny
Theodore Newton ... Tommy

Hardie Albright ... 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

Claire McDowell ... Benjamin's Secretary
Ruthelma Stevens ... Mrs. Price
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry C. Bradley ... Reeves Co. Board Member (uncredited)
James Bush ... Tommy's Bridge Opponent (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Mike - the Auditor (uncredited)
Clay Clement ... Atkinson - Hartland Co. Man (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Jackson - the Butler (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Hartland Co. Man (uncredited)

Douglass Dumbrille ... Lawyer Hammersmith (uncredited)
Helena Phillips Evans ... Anna the Cook (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Hartland Co. Man (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Hartland Co. Man (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Reeves Co. Board Member (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... Tommy's Bridge Partner (uncredited)
William V. Mong ... Hartland Co. Auditor (uncredited)
Herbert Rawlinson ... Reeves Co. Board Member (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Waiter on Yacht (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... Helen Ann - the Maid (uncredited)
Richard Tucker ... Reeves Co. Board Member (uncredited)

Directed by
John G. Adolfi 
 
Writing credits
Charles Kenyon (screen play) &
Maude T. Howell (screen play)

Edgar Franklin (based on a story by)

Produced by
Lucien Hubbard .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
 
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Runtime:
78 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Goofs:
Continuity: Although the movie takes place in New York, the letterhead that Jenny types on clearly reads "Calif."See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Twenty Dollars a Week (1924)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Makin' Hay in the MoonlightSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Mr. George Arliss Invites You To Another Master Class In Acting, 13 June 2001
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

THE WORKING MAN appointed to watch over the inheritance of a couple of young wastrels, unbeknownst to them, is actually the old tycoon once in love with their late mother.

This is a very well produced little comedy from Vitaphone/Warner Bros., featuring another splendid performance from the old master of character acting, Mr. George Arliss. This was an actor who could fascinate an audience merely by sitting still, letting his face act for him. Here, playing a great shoe manufacturer, Arliss is tremendous fun, whether haranguing his salesmen, or, switching sides, working for his own biggest competitor with equal gusto. It is doubtful that Arliss ever gave anything less than an entertaining cinematic performance. It is a shame that this wonderful actor is nearly forgotten today.

Arliss is given good support by a trio of young actors: Hardie Albright as his stuffy, conceited nephew - ‘The Young Napoleon of Shoes;' as well as Theodore Newton and a very pert & pretty Bette Davis as the spendthrift offspring of his late rival. Miss Davis always credited Mr. Arliss for giving her an important hands-up at this early stage in her screen career.

J. Farrell MacDonald is very down-to-earth as Arliss' fishing buddy in Maine; Edward Van Sloan appears briefly, but effectively, as Arliss' company auditor.

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