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Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  29 July 1938 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Carey
Katherine 'Kitty' Carey
James Ellison ...
Ralph Thurston
Fay Bainter ...
Mrs. Margaret Carey
Mr. Ossian Popham
Donnie Dunagan ...
Peter Carey
Tom Hamilton Jr.
Alma Kruger ...
Aunt Bertha
Jackie Moran ...
Gilbert Carey
Mrs. Pauline Fuller
Lally Joy Popham
Captain John Carey
Phyllis Kennedy ...
Annabelle, the Careys' maid
Harvey Clark ...
Mr. Clarence Fuller
Lucille Ward ...
Mrs. Martha Popham


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Kate Douglas Wiggin's Memorable Novel


Drama | Romance






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29 July 1938 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ruby Keeler replaced Joan Bennett. See more »


Spoofed in Chicken Jitters (1939) See more »


Reuben, Reuben, I've Been Thinking
Music traditional
Sung a cappella by Walter Brennan with modified lyrics
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Americana At Its Very Best. Don't Be Fooled By The Homespun Title
22 November 2003 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This was a delightful surprise. I'd heard about the actresses who'd turned down the lead role and -- let's face it -- the title is pretty corny.

But it is a charming movie -- funny and touching by turns. The little boy in it gets fairly low billing but far too much screen time. He's icky and barely understandable in many scenes. Otherwise I'd rats the movie a full 10.

I am kind of a cynic when it comes to Americana but now and then, it really works; and this is one of those times.

The movie reminds me of "Meet Me In St. Louis," which it predates, in that it is about a strong, loving family that stays together and triumphs over odds.

Ruby Keeler is surprisingly good in the role turned down by Katharine Hepburn and others. Fay Bainter is at her most appealing. James Ellison is, as always, appealing, as are Anne Shirley and Walter Brennan. In a juicy role that came a year before the one that made her famous, Margaret Hamilton is the kind of villain moviegoers love to see get her comeuppance, which she and her hapless husband surely do, thanks to the ingenuity of the family and the two sisters' beaux.

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