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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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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)  »

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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

This film and Calling Dr. Kildare share much of the same cast and crew. The following actors are in both: Lionel Barrymore, Bobs Watson, Nat Pendleton, Barbara Bedford, Phillip Terry, Dorothy Adams, and Howard C. Hickman The following crew worked on both as well: Harold S. Bucquet (Director), Cedric Gibbons (Art Director), Edwin B. Willis (Set Decorator), Douglas Shearer (Recording Director), and Leonid Raab (Orchestrator) Both were released in 1939 and, of course, they were both MGM productions. See more »

Quotes

Julian Northrup: I'm going away... where the woodbine twineth.
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Remade as On Borrowed Time (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe (1856)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
One line of chorus sung a cappella by Lionel Barrymore
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It's truly a sacred part of my life
30 June 2007 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I first saw this jewel on TV as a child in 1950's Missouri... probably some Saturday afternoon when one of the 3 available stations had nothing else to show. It stuck with me, embedded itself in my heart and soul.

I later directed a scene from the published script in college as a Directing Class project.

Many years later when I was between 36 and 40 years old, I showed it to my new life partner (we've been together now for 26 years) and we cherish it together as an important part of our lives.

There's no way to describe the "heart" in this marvel of a film: you have to see it. You'll be left with a feeling of love, fulfillment, joy and a sense of "justice achieved". If you can force your child to sit and watch a Black and White movie (sigh!) he/she will thank you in the future. It will not be forgotten by you or your child.


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