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On Borrowed Time (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 7 July 1939 (USA)
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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Mr. Brink (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Nellie - Granny
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Marcia Giles
Bobs Watson ...
Pud
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Mr. Grimes
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Dr. Evans
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Mr. Pilbeam
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Demetria Riffle
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Sheriff Burlingame
Charles Waldron ...
Reverend Murdock
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Charles Wentworth
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Bill Lowry
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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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7 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Horas Roubadas  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

H.C. Potter was hired to direct, but he was replaced by Harold S. Bucquet before production began. See more »

Quotes

Julian Northrup: Well now, look here Mr. Brink, I don't like you and I wouldn't go with you to a rat fight!
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Version of On Borrowed Time (1957) See more »

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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Mr. Brink Desires A Few Moments With You
1 June 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Mr. Brink (Death) arrives to claim the soul of infirm, elderly Gramps Northrup. A magic trick, however, traps Mr. Brink in an apple tree and he is not able to descend. With all dying ceased around the world, old Gramps truly finds himself living ON BORROWED TIME.

This charming, albeit neglected, film holds many pleasures for the viewer. Aside from philosophical considerations - for instance, why is Mr. Brink intent on wiping out the Northrup clan? - the acting is particularly enjoyable. Lionel Barrymore, cantankerous & crotchety as Gramps, is a veritable volcano of emotions, barely contained in the wheelchair made necessary by the actor's crippling arthritis. Equally excellent, in an elegantly underplayed performance, is Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Mr. Brink. Suave, sophisticated & utterly urbane, he leaves an unforgettable impression.

The rest of the cast is also first rate: Una Merkel, Henry Travers, Nat Pendleton, Ian Wolfe, Grant Mitchell, little Bobs Watson, and especially wonderful Beulah Bondi as Granny & Eily Maylon, in arguably her finest role, as dreadful Aunt Demetria. Movie mavens will spot Hans Conried as the first motorist to pull over for Mr. Brink.

`Pismire,' by the way, is an Archaic Scandinavian word which means `ant urine.'


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