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The Merry Frinks (1934)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 May 1934 (USA)
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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
Guy Kibbee ...
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
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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An under-appreciated mother inherits a fortune and abandons her family.

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Happy Family  »

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

Quotes

Lucille Frink: There's no use trying to stop me. Mr. Lopez and I were meant for each other. We're soul mates.
Joe 'Poppa' Frink: You are. How many soul mates does this guy got?
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Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Played by a street band on Christmas Eve
Hummed by Aline MacMahon
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Delightful, rather dark, Pre-Code comedy
27 March 2008 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

At the beginning, this seems like an early version of "You Can't Take It You." It has a darker cast, though.

Aline MacMahon is saddled with one of the most ghastly families seen before the one on the Carol Burnett Show, which was spun off into "Mama's Family." Her husband, Hugh Herbert, is a sports writer described by his managing editor as a chronic alcoholic. Her daughter is selfish and dreams of a singing career. The son (Frankie Darro) is a truant who wants to become a fighter.

The demanding hypochondriac of a mother-in-law is there, too, constantly nagging. And none other than Allen Jenkins is her elder son. He is a lawyer and a Socialist.

Guy Kibbee shows up as a long-last relative. He's all they need in their cramped Bronx apartment.

The plot twists and turns. MacMahon is marvelous. And the rest of the cast does a fine job, too.


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