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Director:
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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The Old Man and the Shoe 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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Continuity: Although the movie takes place in New York, the letterhead that Jenny types on clearly reads "Calif."See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Everybody's Old Man (1936)See more »
Soundtrack:
Young and HealthySee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Old Man and the Shoe, 12 May 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

Interesting story of a sly old fox (George Arliss), owner of the Reeves Shoe Company, who seems like he'd rather be fishing with his pal in Maine than running the business, so heads off for a fishing holiday, leaving his conceited nephew in charge of biz. While out fishing, he accidentally meets up with the son and daughter of Hartland, his recently deceased one-time friend and biggest rival in the shoe business. Giving them a fake name, the two youths have no idea he is rival Reeves, but they are really more interested in contacting bootleggers, throwing drunken parties, and running through their inheritance anyway. After heading back home with these two to get an "inside look" at the workings of their shoe factory and make an offer to buy the company, Reeves sees that the company is being run into the ground and decides he would rather help these Hartlands out instead - see, he was once in love with their mother, not to mention his swollen-headed nephew thinks he's too old to run a business anymore - he'll show the young whippersnapper! So he gets the Hartland's to make him their new trustee/guardian (and they do it 'cause they think he is just a simple "old fisherman" who will give them all the money they want to run wild with), then takes a firm hold of the running of the company and the young Hartlands!

Really good film with excellent script and performances all around. George Arliss is an old charmer, really endearing in this film - he makes you really want to root for him. Bette Davis looks real cute in this, and does a great job, as always, in her part. The story is lots of fun to watch, and left me with a smile at the end - credit for this film really belongs to George Arliss who dominates the film and makes it a good one.

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