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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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Elizabeth
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Herbert
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Alice
Helen Lowell ...
Martha
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Andrew
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Jim
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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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6 October 1934 (USA)  »

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Living Up to Lizzie  »

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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 fine example of college straining. Studied four years to become a moron.
Elizabeth: You don't have to study for that. You never went to college.
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Version of Father Is a Prince (1940) See more »

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Charming Comedy
10 November 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Aline MacMahon is her always wonderful self as the matriarch of a blue-collar family. The kids in this family have plans extending beyond the plumbing supplies business, however.

Guy Kibbee is such a likable actor we admire his performance but don't hate him as her skinflint husband.

It contains a scene that presages what is possibly the funniest in movie history: By that I mean the scene in which Irene Dunne masquerades as Cary Grant's sister in that greatest of all comedies, "The Awful Truth." Here we have the upright MacMahon putting on an act when guests come to dinner. The act lives up to her husband's penurious manner and is truly funny and is charming as well.


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