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The Merry Frinks (1934)

An under-appreciated mother inherits a fortune and abandons her family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aline MacMahon ...
Hattie 'Mom' Frink
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Uncle Newt Frink
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Joe 'Poppa' Frink
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Emmett Frink
Helen Lowell ...
Amelia 'Grandma' Frink
Joan Wheeler ...
Lucille Frink
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Norman Frink
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Ramon Alvarez
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Benny Lopez
Louise Beavers ...
Camille, Hattie's Maid
Maidel Turner ...
Mrs. Shinliver
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Mr. J. Harold Brumby
Harry C. Bradley ...
Dr. Shinliver
James Bush ...
Oliver Gilfin
Charles Coleman ...
Witherspoon, Hattie's Butler
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An under-appreciated mother inherits a fortune and abandons her family.

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26 May 1934 (USA)  »

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Happy Family  »

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Trivia

Allen Jenkins was less than a year younger than Aline MacMahon, who played his mother in the film. See more »

Quotes

Hattie 'Mom' Frink: You look to me like a married man - are you?
Benny Lopez: Well, you know how it is... gotta go through it once, like the measles, but i aint working at it now.
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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Sung a cappella by Hugh Herbert
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The Anti-Hardy Family
27 April 2001 | by (Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

During this time only W.C. Fields was showing a typical American family as a bunch of good-for-nothing, ungrateful louts, but even Fields' worst can't match a tenth of the so-called Merry Frinks. Dad is a drunken newspaperman who can't hold a job, his mother is a crotchety whiner who demands breakfast in bed while trying to sneak booze away from her son, his oldest son is a Communist constantly spouting off about the evils of capitalism, the youngest son plays hooky from school to go to prizefights and his daughter is having an affair with a married man. The only decent person in the house is long-suffering Mama Frink who waits on them and cleans up the catastrophes the Frinks leave in their wake. Her job becomes even harder when her husband's windbag uncle shows up on the doorstep from New Zealand. The cast is populated with some of Warner Brothers' best character actors of the early 1930's but the result is more outrageous than funny and after a while you just want someone to kill the family and be done with it. Director Green does provide one great camera move as Papa Frink arrives home to be pursued by his nagging relatives while walking through the entire house twice in a continuous tracking shot that must have been difficult to stage. Plus Warner's lab must have been especially bored as this film uses every optical wipe of the time.


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