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The Merry Frinks (1934)

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

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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
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Camille, Hattie's Maid
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Mrs. Shinliver
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Mr. J. Harold Brumby
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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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Allen Jenkins was less than a year younger than Aline MacMahon, who played his mother in the film. See more »

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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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Music by Allie Wrubel
Played during the scene with Hattie in her new apartment
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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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