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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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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
...
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 »

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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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Practically a cartoon...
20 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...except this film stars real people instead of the creations of Termite Terrace, the source of WB cartoons from the 30's to the 60's. Guy Kibbee is Herbert, but he is anything but big-hearted and is far from his usual role as a sweet older gentleman who is not necessarily the brightest bulb in the room. Here he is a cross between Scrooge and Yosemite Sam.

I say this film is practically a cartoon because the characters lack any perceivable motivation, and probably it was made that way on purpose, seeing it only has an hour's running time. The film is an enjoyable comedy in the fast-talking Warner Brothers tradition. You just have to sit back and enjoy the humor in the situations presented and try not to over analyze. Don't bother asking yourself why Herbert is always yelling at everybody, why he wants to hold on to what he has if he is always as unhappy as he seems, and why his wife would marry and stay with such a tight-fisted grouch in the first place - it will get you nowhere.

On the bright side, there is the comedy of Aline McMahon who decides to give husband Herbert what he claims he wants for a family - just plain folk - at the worst possible time, that time being a dinner Herbert is hosting for potential clients of his plumbing supply business. What she delivers is a 1930's version of the Beverly Hillbillies.

Recommended if you are in the mood to put your mind on hold and just laugh without thinking too hard.


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