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Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 29 July 1938 (USA)
An 1890s widow has two daughters and two sons. The daughters fall in love with the same gentleman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nancy Carey
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Katherine 'Kitty' Carey
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Ralph Thurston
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Mrs. Margaret Carey
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Mr. Ossian Popham
Donnie Dunagan ...
Peter Carey
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Tom Hamilton Jr.
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Aunt Bertha
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Gilbert Carey
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Mrs. Pauline Fuller
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Lally Joy Popham
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Captain John Carey
Phyllis Kennedy ...
Annabelle, the Careys' maid
Harvey Clark ...
Mr. Clarence Fuller
Lucille Ward ...
Mrs. Martha Popham
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An 1890s widow has two daughters and two sons. The daughters fall in love with the same gentleman.

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Kate Douglas Wiggin's Memorable Novel

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Drama | Romance

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Approved
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29 July 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aves Sem Rumo  »

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Budget:

$358,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 25 September 1917 and had 39 performances. In the cast was Marie L. Day who has a small role in this movie. See more »

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Version of Summer Magic (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Msic by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by the Carey family at Captain Carey's birthday party
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Frankenstein's grandson steals the show
17 November 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In the 1890s, widow Margaret Carey (Fay Bainter) struggles to keep a roof over the heads of her four children. When they finally have a steady home, a scheming couple (Margaret Hamilton, Harvey Clark) try to take it away from them. Meanwhile the two daughters (Anne Shirley, Ruby Keeler) fall in love with the same man (James Ellison).

I'm always up for an Anne Shirley movie. She's one of the most under-appreciated actresses of her era and one of the prettiest, too. It's nice to see Ruby Keeler outside of a musical but it's easy to see why her career went nowhere when she wasn't tapping. After this she didn't do another movie for three years. Fay Bainter is wonderful as the saintly Mother Carey. It's too bad she isn't in the movie more in the second half. Margaret Hamilton and Walter Brennan make any movie better and that holds true here. This is the film debut of child actor Donnie Dunagan. That name might not mean much to a lot of you but Universal horror fans will recognize him as the heavily-accented boy from Tower of London and Son of Frankenstein, both also directed by this film's director Rowland V. Lee. He has lots of precocious lines and funny moments. He's not the best little actor but he still manages to steal the picture. Charming Americana that provides some laughs and tears. It's not perfect but if you like movies like Meet Me in St. Louis, you should enjoy this.


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