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On Borrowed Time (1939)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  7 July 1939 (USA)
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Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his cantankerous old grandfather become inseparable friends. But Gramps is concerned for his grandson's ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Julian Northrup - Gramps
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Mr. Brink (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Nellie - Granny
Una Merkel ...
Marcia Giles
Bobs Watson ...
Pud
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Mr. Grimes
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Dr. Evans
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Mr. Pilbeam
Eily Malyon ...
Demetria Riffle
James Burke ...
Sheriff Burlingame
Charles Waldron ...
Reverend Murdock
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Charles Wentworth
Phillip Terry ...
Bill Lowry
Truman Bradley ...
James Northrup
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Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his cantankerous old grandfather become inseparable friends. But Gramps is concerned for his grandson's future and wary of a scheming relative who seeks Pud's custody. One day Mr. Brink--an agent of Death--arrives to take Gramps "to the land where the woodbine twineth." Through a bit of trickery, Gramps confines Mr. Brink, and thus Death, to the top of an old apple tree, giving Gramps extra time to resolve issues about Pud's future. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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The Great Broadway Stage Hit Reaches The Screen

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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7 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Horas Roubadas  »

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The original Broadway production of "On Borrowed Time" by Paul Osborn opened at the Longacre Theater on February 3, 1938, closing in November 1938 after 321 performances. The major players (with their character names) were Dudley Digges (Julian Northrup - Gramps), Frank Conroy (Mr. Brinks), Dorothy Stickney (Nellie - Granny), Jean Adair (Demetria Riffle) and Peter Miner (Pud) See more »

Quotes

Julian Northrup: I can't stand these holier-than-thou folks. If a man's a good Republican, or a mason or an elk, that's good enough for me. Live and let live, that's my motto.
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Soundtracks

The Battle Hymn of the Republic
(1861) uncredited)
Music by William Steffe (1856)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
One line of chorus sung a cappella by Lionel Barrymore
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"We're a-comin', Granny!!"
25 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Amazing, wonderful performances in this gentle little tale about death. Mr. Brink (Sir Cedric Hardwicke, in a true actor's turn, striking not one false chord) is Death personified. He's a decidedly un-grim Grim Reaper: smart and sophisticated, he has somehow gotten himself trapped in a tree by a little boy and his grandpa. The youngster (Bobs Watson, who goes through so many emotions so vividly, it's as if you're watching moments from your own childhood passing by) and his loving, loyal Gramps (Lionel Barrymore, outstanding) have a natural rapport which is funny, heart-rending and somehow recognizable; Henry Travers is once again perfect as a concerned townsperson and Eily Malyon is a hissable villain. Adapted from a book by Lawrence Edward Watkins, which then became a play by Paul Osborn, it's a lovely, nimble picture, providing the chance to laugh and cry--and celebrate life. ***1/2 from ****


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