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Director:
Writers:
Viña Delmar (screen play)
Josephine Lawrence (based on a novel by)
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Release Date:
7 October 1937 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
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(87 articles)
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It'll make you call your mother, that's for sure See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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

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Trivia:
Lucy Cooper's maiden name is Breckinridge.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When George asks his wife about his mother being in the way of the bridge group, the wife's hands change position in three consecutive shots.See more »
Quotes:
Quote at beginning of movie:Life flies past us so swiftly that few of us pause to consider those who have lost the tempo of today. Their laughter and their tears we do not even understand for there is no magic that will draw together in perfect understanding the aged and the young. There is a canyon between us, and the painful gap is only bridged by the ancient words of a very wise man... HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Baghban (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
M-O-T-H-E-RSee more »

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43 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
It'll make you call your mother, that's for sure, 7 May 2002
Author: marcslope

One of the few American movies to look seriously (and reasonably honestly) at old age, this 1937 melodrama won wonderful reviews, but apparently it was so sad that audiences couldn't bear to look at it. While McCarey was justly celebrated for his sensitive direction, let's start with the shrewd, shaded screenplay, where nobody's entirely good or bad: The children do mean well, but let selfishness intervene; the aged parents are victims, but they're also unavoidably inconvenient and occasionally annoying. It is, unfortunately, a timeless topic -- parents turning into dependent children, children turning into their parents' parents, and the government yammering ineffectually about the problem decade after decade.

McCarey spins the tale out with subtle humor -- just a wink from Victor Moore, a visual aside by Beulah Bondi, says more than several lines of dialogue would. Plus, this is a couple whose passion has survived the years; they can't keep their hands off each other. The notion's a bit hard to swallow, perhaps a contrivance to tilt the viewer's sympathies more in their direction and away from the thoughtless middle-aged kids. But it does work dramatically and makes the last 20 minutes or so almost unbearably poignant. And the last shot, of Bondi, is unforgettable; it's up there with Garbo in "Queen Christina."

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