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Father Is a Prince (1940)

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Carpet-sweeper manufacturer John Bower has no patience with inefficiency, lawyers, or vacuum cleaners. He's a bit of a skinflint, too. His family thinks he works too hard. He feels inferior... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Nana Bryant ...
Susan Bower
Dr. Mark Stone
Gary Lee
Jan Clayton ...
Connie Bower
Lee Patrick ...
Tess Haley
Billy Dawson ...
Tommy Bower
Richard Clayton ...
Junior Bower
John Ridgely ...
Income Tax Investigator
Vera Lewis ...
Frank Ferguson ...
Ben Haley
Pierre Watkin ...
Mr. Lee
Mary Currier ...
Mrs. Lee
Frank Orth ...
Drugstore Proprieter


Carpet-sweeper manufacturer John Bower has no patience with inefficiency, lawyers, or vacuum cleaners. He's a bit of a skinflint, too. His family thinks he works too hard. He feels inferior for not having gone to college, so now he doesn't want his children going, either. His daughter Connie is afraid to break the news of her engagement to Gary Lee, especially since not only is Gary a lawyer and a college grad, but his father owns a vacuum-cleaner company, too. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big-Hearted Herbert  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Same 'home' interior and exterior used for two 1940s Noel M. Smith movies - Father is a Prince and Always a Bride. See more »


Version of Big Hearted Herbert (1934) See more »

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a lot happens in this big shortie from Warner Bros.
5 January 2014 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Grant Mitchell was just about everybody's father, or uncle, or bank president in the films made during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s! In this one, he is the muttering, sputtering cheapskate father of the most functional, happy, educated family that I have ever seen! At least at the beginning. It's a real shortie from Warner Brothers, so they don't waste any lines. At the beginning, everyone is happy, and things are sailing along, but by the 30 minute mark, things aren't going so well. Mom (Nana Bryant) is getting mysterious headaches, Dad is having problems at the office, and the guy that comes home with the daughter is stirring things up too! That "guy" Gary.. is.. George Reeves, from TV's Adventures of Superman. (it didn't end well for him in real life. check out his bio on Vera Lewis is the daughter, Carrie. Lots of clever lines, spoken at a pretty fast clip, and the story moves right along. There is the running gag of Dad's occupation, the carpet sweeper king, and this plays a large part in the plot. Watch out for that big blow-up scene when company comes over. Then, some serious moments near the end, but you'll have to watch it for yourself. Directed by Noel Smith, who had started out in the silent movies.

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