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Love Begins at Twenty (1936)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  22 August 1936 (USA)
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Horatio Gillingwater, a hen-pecked husband of long standing, takes up boozing and begins to wear the family pants and take charge of family matters, including aiding the romance of his daughter, Lois, with Jerry Wayne.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Ellis ...
Warren Hull ...
Jerry Wayne
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Jacob 'Jake' Buckley
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Clarence Wilson ...
Jonathan Ramp
Robert Gleckler ...
Gangster Mugsy O'Bannion, aka Harold McCauley
Mary Treen ...
Anne Nagel ...
Miss Perkins, Ramp's Secretary
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Justice Felton
Sol Gorss ...
Jim, a Bank Robber
Henry Otho ...
Lumpy, a Bank Robber
Max Wagner ...
Lester, O'Bannion's Driver
Tom Brower ...
Sheriff Bert Hanson
Milton Kibbee ...
Wilbur, Detective (as Milt Kibbee)


Horatio Gillingwater (Hugh Herbert), a hen-pecked husband of long standing, takes up boozing and begins to wear the family pants and take charge of family matters, including aiding the romance of his daughter, Lois (Patricia Ellis), with Jerry Wayne (Warren Hull...and several misadventures with people and incidents way out of his normal element. Written by Les Adams <>

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You'll start laughing at the first scene - and never stop 'til the last - at the world's looniest family! (original ad) See more »


Comedy | Music | Romance


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22 August 1936 (USA)  »

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She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
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A Small Triumph For Mister Hugh Herbert
11 November 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A gently eccentric fellow finds his life complicated by a bullying wife, an acidulous boss, a quickie marriage & a bank robbery.

LOVE BEGINS AT TWENTY is a fine example of the comedies which Warner Brothers Studio produced almost endlessly during the 1930's - fast, frugal & fun. Throw in a little crime for dramatic effect and the services of the Studio's array of character actors - the formula rarely failed to produce some good entertainment at the bottom of a double bill. Here, an added attraction for today's audience is knowing that the script was co-written by a young Dalton Trumbo.

A whimsical Hugh Herbert sparks the story as the harried hero. The comic relief in many a film, here he is hilarious as the main star. He receives solid support from another worthy character actor, vinegar visaged Clarence Wilson playing his caustic employer. Together these two - sweet & sour - keep the laughs coming.

Plump Dorothy Vaughan as Herbert's Xanthippe, Mary Treen as their tart-tempered daughter, Hobart Cavanaugh as a bumbling friend and Arthur Aylesworth as a comically deaf judge all add to the merriment.

Patricia Ellis & Warren Hull handle the romantic angle of the film, but wisely it is never allowed to intrude too much. Movie mavens will recognize Tommy Bupp & Dickie Jones as the youngsters Herbert regales on the train with his wrestling yarns.

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