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The Merry Frinks (1934)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 May 1934 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aline MacMahon ...
Hattie 'Mom' Frink
Guy Kibbee ...
Uncle Newt Frink
Joe 'Poppa' Frink
Emmett Frink
Helen Lowell ...
Amelia 'Grandma' Frink
Joan Wheeler ...
Lucille Frink
Norman Frink
Ramon Alvarez
Harold Huber ...
Benny Lopez
Louise Beavers ...
Camille, Hattie's Maid
Maidel Turner ...
Mrs. Shinliver
Harry Beresford ...
Mr. J. Harold Brumby
Harry C. Bradley ...
Dr. Shinliver
James Bush ...
Oliver Gilfin
Charles Coleman ...
Witherspoon, Hattie's Butler


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Comedy | Drama





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26 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Happy Family  »

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Warner Brothers liked the combination of Guy Kibbee and Aline MacMahon (who were earlier teamed in "Gold Diggers of 1933") that they co-starred them in four more consecutive films -- "Big Hearted Herbert", "Babbitt" (both 1934), "While the Patient Slept" and "Mary Jane's Pa" (both 1935). See more »


Hattie 'Mom' Frink: If you lose this job, its curtains. There isn't another paper in town that will take you back, and I mean that Joe.
Joe 'Poppa' Frink: Yeah, well, maybe somebody will start a new paper!
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Let It Be Me
Music by Allie Wrubel
Played during the scene with Hattie in her new apartment
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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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