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This is a story about Mr. Cohen, a father who owns a large department store in London and cares about being a good shopkeeper and good person. Mr. Cohen's elder son and a friend's son work there and have slowly taken on more and more responsibility with the inadvertent result that Mr Cohen has begun to feel unimportant. Mr. Cohen longs to start over with a small shop to regain what he feels he has lost. One subplot involves Mr. Cohen's attempts to remain relevant by helping a small shopkeeper both before and after a major life event for the family. Another subplot involves his younger son's marriage decision and Mr. Cohen's involvement. Mr. Cohen ultimately takes a trip for distraction and looks at buying a small shop. Just in time to save the day, he realizes that he is needed at home after all. Written by
"Mr. Cohen Takes a Walk" (renamed "Father Takes a Walk" apparently for parts of the world where movies about Jews wouldn't play well) is an unexpectedly warm little film from the English studio that Warner Brothers set up in the 1930s. Mr. Cohen, the founding owner of the Empire Department Store in London, finds that his sons have modernized the store to the point where he has virtually nothing to do. After a domestic tragedy and a quarrel with the son who doesn't want to marry the woman his parents picked for him, Mr. Cohen decides to go for a long in the countryside where, as a wandering peddler, he sowed the seeds for his future success. There are no villains; there's no overt preachiness. There is, however, a wonderfully nostalgic and idealized vision of English village life and an English countryside that even then were undergoing major changes, not least from the ravages of the Great Depression. The acting is uniformly excellent, particularly that of the German refugee Paul Graetz as Mr. Cohen, an aging gentleman (and gentle man) who wonders if he has a place in the modern world. I saw this on Turner Classic Movies a year or two ago when they aired a number of Warner Brothers "Quota Quickies" (films made cheaply and rapidly in response to a British law that a certain percentage of films shown in the United Kingdom be made in the United Kingdom); the film deserves a DVD.
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