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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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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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Let It Be Me
(uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Played during the scene with Hattie in her new apartment
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watch the bickering family try to work things out
7 March 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

The Frinks are a family of non-stop bickering, drink-sneaking, school skipping folks, and all before breakfast! Viewers with recognize (or hear) the nasal Allen Jenkins as the dad Emmet Frink - always played the new york cab driver, or small time thug. Also look for Louise Beavers, who starred in "Imitation of Life" the same year. Guy Kibbee and Hugh Herbert are along for the vaudeville bits. Not a lot of other big names in this Warner Brothers 68 minute piece, but very entertaining and more realistic than all those sweet, soapy clean, rich, society movies of the late 1930s and 1940s. Kind of a strange moment when the rough, tough-talking son does a mocking, swishing walk across the room, just as the Hays Code was started being enforced. Also, about 20 minutes in, there are film quality issues on the TCM version I saw. Hattie, the mom, is the central figure (played by Aline MacMahon), and has to make big decisions in her life that will affect her whole family. She sometimes says "Noooorman" in a long, shrill, up-swooping voice at the end, Psycho-style. Has the feel of a film made from a play, since most of the action takes place in their kitchen. Produced by Jack Warner and Hal Wallis - (what a wide range of movies Wallis had done - this in 1934, Casablanca in 42, then half of the silly Elvis movies in the 50s and 60s) Fun, realistic, fast paced. Very plain and simple plot. Doesn't get bogged down with long scenes.


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