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Viña Delmar (screen play)
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Release Date:
7 October 1937 (France) See more »
An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An honest-to-God tearjerker... See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Victor Moore ... Barkley Cooper

Beulah Bondi ... Lucy Cooper
Fay Bainter ... Anita Cooper

Thomas Mitchell ... George Cooper
Porter Hall ... Harvey Chase
Barbara Read ... Rhoda Cooper
Maurice Moscovitch ... Max Rubens
Elisabeth Risdon ... Cora Payne
Minna Gombell ... Nellie Chase
Ray Mayer ... Robert Cooper
Ralph Remley ... Bill Payne
Louise Beavers ... Mamie
Louis Jean Heydt ... Doctor
Gene Morgan ... Carlton Gorman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Granville Bates ... Mr. Hunter (uncredited)
William Begg ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Sarah Rubens (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Man at Employment Agency (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Movie Theatre Doorman (uncredited)
Fritzi Brunette ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobby Caldwell ... Boy (uncredited)
Avril Cameron ... Mrs. McKenzie (uncredited)

Ethel Clayton ... Customer (uncredited)
Helen Davis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sidney De Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Bridge Player (uncredited)

Ellen Drew ... Usherette (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Mr. Dale (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Ed Weldon - Auto Salesman (uncredited)
Mitchell Ingraham ... Bridge Player (uncredited)
Alice Keating ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Lewis ... Business Man (uncredited)
Dorothy Lloyd ... Bird Imitator (uncredited)
Nick Lukats ... Boy Friend (uncredited)
Leo McCarey ... Passerby / Man in Overcoat / Carpet Sweeper (uncredited)
Kitty McHugh ... Head Usherette (uncredited)
Don McKinney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lee Millar ... Animal and Bird Imitator (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Letter Carrier (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Richard Neill ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Newell ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John Preston ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Guest in Vogard Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Bartender (uncredited)
Louise Seidel ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Business Man (uncredited)
Paul Stanton ... Mr. Horton - Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Bernard Suss ... Bridge Player (uncredited)

Rosemary Theby ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lelah Tyler ... Bridge Player (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Secretary (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ... Bridge Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey 
Writing credits
Viña Delmar (screen play)

Josephine Lawrence (based on a novel by)

Helen Leary (play) and
Nolan Leary (play)

Leo Robin  poem: "Are You Afraid" (uncredited)

Produced by
Leo McCarey .... producer (uncredited)
Adolph Zukor .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
George Antheil 
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (photographed by)
Film Editing by
LeRoy Stone (edited by)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Bernard Herzbrun 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman (interior decorations)
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Music Department
Boris Morros .... musical director
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish translation for dubbing (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
91 min | West Germany:85 min (TV)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
UK:U (DVD rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3236)

Did You Know?

George Bernard Shaw wrote to Leo McCarey, expressing his admiration for the film.See more »
Continuity: After seeing the day's mail, Lucy sits forward, but in the next shot is leaning back.See more »
Lucy Cooper:A man and a maid stood hand in hand; bound by a tiny wedding band. Before them lay the uncertain years that promised joy and, maybe tears. "Is she afraid?" thought the man of the maid. "Darling," he said in a tender voice, "Tell me. Do you regret your choice...See more »
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46 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
An honest-to-God tearjerker..., 10 May 2002
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

An elderly couple lose their home and their grown children don't want them around, so where can they turn? After a creaky start, this thoughtful film becomes absorbing and very touching. It thankfully never resorts to feel-good measures: the oldsters are not painted as saints (in fact, Beulah Bondi's "Ma" is realistically nagging and nosy) and their kids are completely selfish (which is entirely believable). The picture has one of the most haunting endings that I can recall, and it's even more powerful to consider how timely it all is (and how this situation still rears its ugly head today). An emotionally gripping, wistful, memorable movie. ***1/2 from ****

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