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Old Man Rhythm (1935)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  2 August 1935 (USA)
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Romantic rivalries between father and son enrolled at the same college.



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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Roberts
George Barbier ...
John Roberts Sr
Barbara Kent ...
Edith Warren
Grace Bradley ...
Marion Beecher
Eric Blore ...
'Phil' Phillips
Erik Rhodes ...
Frank Rochet
John Arledge ...
Pinky Parker
Paul Parker
Evelyn Poe ...


Rich John Roberts, Jr. gets reports that his son, Johnny, is falling for a gold digging blonde at college. So he enrolls as a freshman to try to steer Johnny towards the girl he'd like him to marry. He hits upon the idea to have the blonde believe he lost his business, by writing a letter instructing his partner to wire him that his business went broke. But he gives the letter to a school official who forgets to mail it. Written by Arthur Hausner <>

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Plot Keywords:

college | gold digger


Comedy | Musical





Release Date:

2 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Papa's in the Cradle  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »


Old Man Rhythm
Music by Lewis E. Gensler
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Grace Bradley, Betty Grable, others
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A rich father enrolls as a freshman in college to steer his son away from a gold digging blonde.
30 September 1998 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

The plot is silly and the songs are mostly unmemorable, but there are small pleasures to enjoy in this film. First, there's fifth-billed Betty Grable, who is featured in several songs. And she does a rapid-fire tap dance on her toes, ballet style, that seemed very difficult. I never thought her talent extended to the tips of her toes. Next, there's a character called "Blimp," played by heavy-set Sonny Lamont. He does acrobatic dancing usually reserved for people much lighter on their feet. I also enjoyed seeing the great lyricist, Johnny Mercer, in the first of his two acting roles. He seemed to have a natural acting talent that made me wonder why he didn't appear in more films. Finally, there was the challenge and pleasure in spotting Lucille Ball in an early uncredited nonspeaking part. She's there, but I had to re-run the tape and take my focus away from the action and look in the background.

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