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Release Date:
22 August 1936 (USA) See more »
WHEN CUPID'S STUPID - HUGH COMES THROUH! Leave it to Hugh Herbert to teach the youngsters something new about love! He's a panic as the head of the looniest family you're ever met! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Hugh Herbert ... Horatio Gillingwater

Patricia Ellis ... Lois Gillingwater

Warren Hull ... Jerry Wayne
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Jacob 'Jake' Buckley
Dorothy Vaughan ... Evalina 'Evie' Gillingwater
Clarence Wilson ... Jonathan Ramp
Robert Gleckler ... Gangster Mugsy O'Bannion - aka Harold McCauley
Mary Treen ... Alice Gillingwater

Anne Nagel ... Miss Perkins - Ramp's Secretary
Arthur Aylesworth ... Justice Felton
Sol Gorss ... Jim - Bank Robber
Henry Otho ... Lumpy - Bank Robber

Max Wagner ... Lester - O'Bannion's Driver
Tom Brower ... Sheriff Bert Hanson
Milton Kibbee ... Wilbur - Detective (as Milt Kibbee)
Tom Wilson ... Fred - Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariska Aldrich ... Cook (uncredited)
George Beranger ... Eddie - Office Worker (uncredited)
Frank Bull ... Police Broadcaster (uncredited)

Tommy Bupp ... Boy on Streetcar (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Jack - Detective (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Joe - Lodge Clerk (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... Detective (uncredited)
Walter Downing ... Lodge Member (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Jailer (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)

Dickie Jones ... Boy on Streetcar (uncredited)
Harry K. Morgan ... Drunken Lodge Member (uncredited)

George Ovey ... Gatekeeper at Lodge Meeting (uncredited)
Lee Prather ... Policeman with Jailer (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bert Ross ... Lodge Member (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Jonathan - Lodge Member with Cigar (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Policeman at Jail (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Man Yelling from Window (uncredited)
Perc Teeple ... Lodge Member (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Bank Cashier (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank McDonald 
Writing credits
Martin Flavin (play "Broken Dishes")

Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) and
Tom Reed (screenplay)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Howard Jackson 
Cinematography by
George Barnes 
Film Editing by
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
Art Direction by
Hugh Reticker 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Warner Bros. (1936) (USA) (theatrical) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
58 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2160)

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A Small Triumph For Mister Hugh Herbert, 11 November 2001
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

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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