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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 »
User Reviews:
Hard to find classic now on DVD from Criterion See more (45 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)
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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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Additional Details

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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:
Director Leo McCarey made this film after the death of his father.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:
Pa:You know, I sometimes think that children should never grow past the age when you have to tuck them into bed every night.
Max Rubens:That's right. When they get older, and you can't give them as much as other choldren, they're ashamed of you, and when you give them everything and put them through college,
[He folds his arms]
Max Rubens:they're ashamed of you.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rebel Rabbit (1949)See more »
Soundtrack:
M-O-T-H-E-RSee more »

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Hard to find classic now on DVD from Criterion, 28 February 2010
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

It took me a while to get into this one. It's kind of awkward and uncomfortable, but it turns out that's largely the point. The story is about an elderly married couple (Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi) who lose their house to the bank. None of their five children has enough room for both of them, so they end up breaking up, supposedly temporarily, to live in the homes of two of their children. Moore goes with his daughter (Minna Gombell) and Bondi goes with her son (Thomas Mitchell). Much of the movie focuses on Bondi living with her son's family (Fay Bainter is Mitchell's wife and Barbara Read his daughter). It's Hell for all of them. Bondi's old fashioned ways are annoying to the family. She herself feels out of place and confused, having lived with her husband for 50 years. Meanwhile, Moore is having just as awful a time at his daughter's place. The whole picture finds its way to one of the most satisfying and powerful final acts I've seen, where the old couple finally reunites. It's pretty much the first time in the film we see them spend a significant amount of time together, and these two people who seemed so awkward apart feel like a whole together. We see their love, we feel for what they've lost. It's absolutely gorgeous. The very end of the film is a killer. I've never quite seen a film like this (well, Tokyo Story is obviously in part based on this). On a rewatch, I think it may be a lot stronger, but I liked it a heck of a lot this time around.

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