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Mister Hobo (1935)

The Guv'nor (original title)
George Arliss plays Spike an elegant British tramp who is accidentally mistaken for a member of the Rothschild family and made a bank director.

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François Rothschild aka The Guv'nor
Gene Gerrard ...
Flit
Viola Keats ...
Madelaine Granville
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Paul
Frank Cellier ...
Barsac
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Dubois
Mary Clare ...
Mme. Barsac
Henrietta Watson ...
Mrs. Granville
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George Arliss plays Spike an elegant British tramp who is accidentally mistaken for a member of the Rothschild family and made a bank director.

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GEORGE ARLISS AS A LOVABLE VAGABOND (original U.S. print ad for "Mister Hobo" - all caps) See more »

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22 November 1935 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The first film of Howard Marion-Crawford. See more »

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François Rothschild aka The Guv'nor: I want things I can get - a bit of straw to sleep on, a bit of food, and the sun on me back...
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Remake of Rothchild (1933) See more »

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What's In A Name?
6 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Guv'nor finds George Arliss not playing in one of his heroic biographical films for which his reputation has come down to the present day. Instead he's playing a gentleman tramp over in Paris who happens to have the famous name of Francois Rothschild. Ironic because one of Arliss's most famous biographical roles was that of Nathan Rothschild in House Of Rothschild.

Poor Arliss, all he wants to do is go south for the winter. But he becomes part of a scheme by banker Frank Cellier to fleece Viola Keats and her mother Henrietta Watson out of their iron ore works because of his name. But Arliss proves way too smart for all of them.

I'm really glad I discovered this film on TCM today. It was an absolutely charming portrayal by Arliss, very much in the same vein as Maurice Chevalier in Ma' Pomme and Cary Grant in Father Goose. Let's just say that Arliss plays his famous name for all that it's worth and he proves more than a match for those who want to use him.

Do not miss this one if it is broadcast again.


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