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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 ...
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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All One Night  »

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The play originally opened in New York on 5 November 1929 and ran for 178 performances. Bette Davis (in her theatrical debut) and Donald Meek were in the cast. See more »


Version of Too Young to Marry (1931) See more »


She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
Played on piano by Hobart Cavanaugh at the wedding
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Hugh Herbert as W.C. Fields
21 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Warner Brothers provides us with another one-hour B picture, with almost exactly the same plot as W.C. Field's THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE. Hugh Herbert is quite enjoyable in the lead, but I enjoy Hugh Herbert and his pixilated little men; his drunk scene with Hobart Cavanaugh is excellent. Dorothy Vaughn is fine as his shrew of a wife -- if you close your eyes, you may think you're listening to Marjorie Main. But Patricia Ellis is very stiff as the ingénue and the third act clearly rushes to make it through the end on the one-hour mark.

Completists should note that this is an early credit for Dalton Trumbo. Do not, however, expect any moments of drama or depth.

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