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Big Hearted Herbert (1934)

Approved | | Comedy | 6 October 1934 (USA)
An ex-plumber finds major success as a manufacturer, but while he now has increased wealth with which to provide for his family, his new high-class social life provides him no time with them.

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Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ...
Elizabeth
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Herbert
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Alice
Helen Lowell ...
Martha
Phillip Reed ...
Andrew
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Jim
Henry O'Neill ...
Goodrich Sr.
Marjorie Gateson ...
Amy Goodrich
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Mrs. Goodrich
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Junior Kalness (as Trent Durkin)
Jay Ward ...
Robert Kalness
Hale Hamilton ...
Mr. Havens
Claudia Coleman ...
Mrs. Havens
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An ex-plumber finds major success as a manufacturer, but while he now has increased wealth with which to provide for his family, his new high-class social life provides him no time with them.

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 1 January 1934 and closed in May 1934 after 154 performances. The opening night cast included J.C. Nugent as Herbert and Elisabeth Risdon as Elizabeth. See more »

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Herbert Kalness: A parasite. One of the leeches who fatten on the backbone of the country.
Elizabeth: How do you fatten on a backbone, Herbert?
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Version of Father Is a Prince (1940) See more »

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Big heart, big mouth
1 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Under William Keighley's direction, Aline MacMahon provides a most natural performance as the wife of a big-hearted galoot. Guy Kibbee plays the galoot and is prone to fits of endless blustering, but usually foiled by the members of their immediate clan.

The story is somewhat episodic in nature, showing situational aspects of the lives of a not-so- typical suburban family. The idea is that despite Kibbee's many forms of tyranny, they are just regular folks. The design of the family unit and its place in society seems much more thought- provoking than other run of the mill domestic comedies.

Kibbee and MacMahon appeared in ten different motion pictures together during the 1930s and early 1940s.


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