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Big Hearted Herbert (1934)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  6 October 1934 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ...
Elizabeth
Guy Kibbee ...
Herbert
Patricia Ellis ...
Alice
Helen Lowell ...
Martha
Phillip Reed ...
Andrew
Robert Barrat ...
Jim
Henry O'Neill ...
Goodrich Sr.
Marjorie Gateson ...
Amy Goodrich
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Mrs. Goodrich
Junior Durkin ...
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 »

Quotes

Herbert Kalness: If that sappy lawyer was worth the retaining fee I paid him, he'd have told that income tax man today where to head in. As it is, I have to pay the government every cent I owe them.
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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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