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His Family Tree (1935)

Approved | | Comedy | 29 September 1935 (USA)
When his son doesn't respond to his many letters, Patrick Murphy decides to leave Ireland and visit his son in America. But upon arriving in Center City Patrick discovers that his son, who ... See full summary »

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Margaret Callahan ...
Elinor Murfree - aka Murphy
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Mike Donovan
Maureen Delaney ...
Nellie Oulihan (as Maureen Delany)
William Harrigan ...
Charles Murfree - aka Murphy
Marjorie Gateson ...
Margaret 'Maggie' Murfree - aka Murphy
Phillip Trent ...
Dudley Weatherby (as Clifford Jones)
Ray Mayer ...
Bat Gilligan
Herman Bing ...
Mr. 'Stony' Stonehill
Pat Moriarity ...
Terrence 'Terry' Gilligan (as Pat Moriarty)
Charles Coleman ...
Hopkins - the Butler
Ferdinand Munier ...
Mayor John J. Holtsapple
Orville Caldwell ...
Julius - Mayor's Henchman
William Lemuels ...
Brannigan
Mrs. James Barton ...
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When his son doesn't respond to his many letters, Patrick Murphy decides to leave Ireland and visit his son in America. But upon arriving in Center City Patrick discovers that his son, who is running for Mayor, has changed the family name to Murfree. After his daughter-in-law makes it clear that the old gent's Celtic influence isn't welcome at the Murfree home, Patrick realizes that it is up to him to restore his son's pride in his Irish heritage. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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There's a kick in the name of Murphy...no matter how you spell it! (original poster)

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29 September 1935 (USA)  »

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Árbol genealógico  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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In an establishing shot, the legend is shown reading - POST OFFICE - CENTER CITY - IOWA and a date given in roman numerals - MXlXlll - which is impossible. See more »

Soundtracks

Irish Washerwoman
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Traditional Irish Jig
Played during the openng credits amd often in the score
Played at the indignation meeting and danced by the attendees
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a lot of blarney
10 August 2005 | by (london) – See all my reviews

I have seen all sorts of ethnic films but never an ethnic Irish film.I have to say that most of this film just went straight over my head.It probably made sense in its day.I just could not understand what was the importance of the spelling of the candidates name and why it should have any effect on whether or not he should be elected.The tap dancing was quite enjoyable but that was about as far as it goes.Although clearly meant as a B feature it had little of the vigour of a typical Warners film.Also at least in a Warners film you would get well known faces such as Frank McHugh or Pat O'Brien,here i did not recognise one face.So if you are not Irish or of Irish origin,don't bother.


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