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My Bill (1938)

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The town of Colbrook, Massachusetts was founded by the family of the same name, and as such they are its leading family. Widowed Mrs. Reginald Colbrook - Mary - has had to manage the family... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
John Rudlin
Bobby Jordan ...
Reginald Colbrook
Bill Colbrook
Maurice Murphy ...
Lynn Willard
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Aunt Caroline
Helena Phillips Evans ...
Adelaide Crosby
John Ridgely ...
Sidney Bracey ...
Jenner (as Sidney Bracy)
Bernice Pilot ...
Jan Holm ...


The town of Colbrook, Massachusetts was founded by the family of the same name, and as such they are its leading family. Widowed Mrs. Reginald Colbrook - Mary - has had to manage the family money following her husband's death, something she had never done and at which she knows she is not good. However, in doing what she felt best, she made some bad investments, leaving her and her children - young adult Muriel, teenagers Reginald Jr. ("Reggie") and Gwen, and adolescent Bill - penniless, which she tries to hide from them. When the children do find out, Muriel, Reggie and Gwen, absorbed in their own lives, decide to do what they believe is best for their own individual situation, which involves abandoning their mother and living with their judgmental and controlling but wealthy paternal Aunt Caroline. Bill, on the other hand, was not invited by Aunt Caroline, as she has always believed the rumors that he is not her biological nephew, he who would not have gone with her regardless in ... Written by Huggo

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9 July 1938 (USA)  »

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Billy kunnostautuu  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 3, 1941 with Kay Francis (reprising her film role),Warren William and Dix Davis. See more »


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Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4
(1868) (uncredited)
aka "Brahms' Lullaby"
Music by Johannes Brahms
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A New Kay Francis Fan
1 June 2001 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this movie. I hadn't intended on watching it but the TV was on while I was surfing the Internet and I found myself paying more attention to the movie instead of the computer.

Dickie Moore (qv) and the lovely Kay Francis (qv) make a pretty tough mother-son duo. They need to be tough when it comes to dealing with the other members of their family.

At a little over an hour in length, My Bill is easily worth you time. Heck, it's better than most hour long TV shows, and if you catch it on one of the classic movie channels you won't have to sit through any commercials!

I was unfamiliar with Kay Francis' work before My Bill but it didn't take long for me to become a fan. And for what it's worth, I love her speaking voice!

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