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Old Man Rhythm (1935)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  2 August 1935 (USA)
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A businessman enrolls as a college freshman in order to break up his son's relationship with a gold-digger.

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George Barbier ...
John Roberts Sr
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Edith Warren
Grace Bradley ...
Marion Beecher
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Sylvia
Eric Blore ...
'Phil' Phillips
Erik Rhodes ...
Frank Rochet
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Pinky Parker
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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 <genart@volcano.net>

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2 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Papa's in the Cradle  »

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

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Comes the Revolution, Baby
Music by Lewis E. Gensler
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Johnny Mercer, Evelyn Poe, others
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Silly Plot, Good Music
22 July 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Oh, come on, I said to myself. Sometimes you expect too much. It's just a second-billed, minor musical, so what's the big deal? I don't often make sense when speaking to myself, but this time I just went with the movie and had a good time, at that. The plot gets pretty far afield and far from reality but you have to appreciate the raw energy of the performers in bringing this trifle to comparative life.

The storyline has been summarized by several contributors and everything they say is on the mark; goofy, absurd, nonsensical, gets in the way of the music, etc. but the musical numbers here (all unheard-of songs which never became standards) really enliven the picture and the wait between them is worth your while. The stars are 'B-list' Hollywood stars interspersed with some good character actors, among them Eric Blore, Erik Rhodes, Donald Meek and George Barbier. Also in the cast is Johnny Mercer who wrote the lyrics to all the songs.

Not for modern tastes as clothing styles and college activities (everyone meets at the soda shop?) are very old-fashioned, but you'll especially enjoy "Old Man Rhythm" if you are of a certain age, say around WW II and before. I hope that doesn't make us too old!


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