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 ...
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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
Jake Cohen has spent thirty-five years, starting as a peddler, building up a big department store. He suddenly realizes his sons can run the business perfectly efficiently without him, his youngest son is in love with an Anglo-Irish girl (Oy!) and his beloved wife dies. Feeling useless, he takes a long walk through the English countryside of his youth.
It had been less than a decade since ABIE'S IRISH ROSE was the biggest hit ever on Broadway, and battling Irish and Jewish in-laws remained a staple of comedy for many years (Anyone remember BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE?), but this is a much gentler movie, with many beautiful and heartfelt family scenes. You may not find these characters believable. Believe me, they did exist once upon a time and this movie by the usually underrated William Beaudine -- better known for directing most of the Bowery Boys movies, but still working, at this stage, for a major studio and doing a fine job -- is well worth your time.
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