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Handy Andy (1934)

 -  Comedy  -  27 July 1934 (USA)
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A small-town druggist is henpecked by his social-climbing wife to sell his pharmacy to a national chain. In addition, she tries to set up her pretty young daughter with the nitwit son of ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Ernestine Yates
Janice Yates
Paul Harvey ...
Charlie Norcross
Frank Melton ...
Howard Norcross
Roger Imhof ...
Doc Burmeister
Lloyd Burmeister
Grace Goodall ...
Mattie Norcross
Jessie Pringle ...
Adrian Rosley ...
Henri Duval
Gregory Gaye ...
Pierre Martel
Richard Tucker ...
Mr. Beauregard
Helen Flint ...
Mrs. Beauregard


A small-town druggist is henpecked by his social-climbing wife to sell his pharmacy to a national chain. In addition, she tries to set up her pretty young daughter with the nitwit son of the chain's owner, even though the girl is in love with the handsome son of the town doctor. Finally the druggist decides he's had enough and takes matters into his own hands. Written by

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27 July 1934 (USA)  »

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This was the opening night film of 9 September 1934 at LA's first drive-in theater at Pico and Westwood, originally named simply Drive-In Theater - because there were no others in LA - and later named the Olympic Drive-In. See more »


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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by William M. Conselman
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Dodsworth With A Comedy Twist
24 October 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Known primarily today as the debut film of Robert Taylor, Handy Andy was one of Will Rogers's typical roles as small-town druggist and cracker-barrel philosopher. But he's facing a Dodsworth like midlife crisis with wife Peggy Wood.

Unlike Dodsworth, Handy Andy is played strictly for laughs. Rogers is a man in love with his life, his profession, and his wife and probably in that order. Peggy Wood as his wife wants him to retire and take it easy and towards that end she's encouraging a relationship with drugstore chain owner Paul Harvey and is even practically throwing Harvey's son Frank Melton and her daughter Mary Carlisle together. Mary however prefers town doctor Roger Imhoff's son, Robert Taylor.

The film comes close to the edge of the plot of Dodsworth when on a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras that Rogers has to be dragged to, kicking and screaming, Wood starts falling for the charms of gigolo Gregory Gaye. Will does a Tarzan act to rescue his woman caveman style and he's pretty funny.

Taylor doesn't have much to do, but look good and be in solid support of Rogers and his homespun view of life. In the Films of Robert Taylor Citadel film series, Taylor said that Rogers was nothing, but kindness itself and very supportive of a new kid just starting in the picture business.

Handy Andy is a good way to be introduced to that American institution known as Will Rogers. Would we had someone of his common sense and common touch today.

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