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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 (as Addison Randall)
Maureen Delaney ...
Nellie Oulihan (as Maureen Delany)
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Charles Murfree - aka Murphy
Marjorie Gateson ...
Margaret 'Maggie' Murfree - aka Murphy
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Dudley Weatherby (as Clifford Jones)
Ray Mayer ...
Bat Gilligan
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Mr. 'Stony' Stonehill
Pat Moriarity ...
Terrence 'Terry' Gilligan (as Pat Moriarty)
Charles Coleman ...
Hopkins - the Butler
Ferdinand Munier ...
Mayor John J. Holtsapple
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Julius - Mayor's Henchman
William Lemuels ...
Brannigan
Mrs. James Barton ...
Irish Dancer

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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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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

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played by Ray Mayer on piano at the end
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This comedy about Irish ethnic pride is a winner.
20 March 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Most of the players in this wonderful comedy were not household names even in 1935, but that does not detract one bit from enjoying it, especially if you are Irish. The driving force of the film is that the Murphy's of Center City, Iowa, have changed their name to Murfree due to Marjorie Gateson's social climbing ambitions. Now that her husband, William Harrigan, is running for mayor, victory depends on the Irish vote in Ward 4, led by a proud Irishwoman, Maureen Delany, who becomes indignant just at the suggestion that any Irishman would change his name. The comedy's pleasures are increased when Harrigan's father, James Barton, comes to find out why Harrigan hasn't written in four months. Barton, with his whimsy and impromptu Irish dances, and Delany, with the twinkle in her eye for Barton, steal the film, but all the supporting cast is generally excellent. I particularly liked Herman Bing doing his exaggerated German accent and mannerisms. A good film from beginning to end.


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