Teenager Betty Elliott has decided to take over the business and social affairs of her father Doc Elliott. She thinks her father should marry the widowed mother, Julie Harper, of her ... See full summary »
Teenager Betty Elliott has decided to take over the business and social affairs of her father Doc Elliott. She thinks her father should marry the widowed mother, Julie Harper, of her boyfriend Chris Harper. Doc has been a real friend and father to Chris, who, under his guidance, has learned to take care of all the sick animals in town, but lack of money keeps the widow from sending Chris on to finish high school and medical training is out of the question. Wealthy Grandpa Harper sends his attorney Baker to tell Mrs. Harper that all of Jimmy's dreams could be realized if the widow, whom the grandfather dislikes, would give up custody of her son. The lawyer also begins to court Julie and this throws a kink in Betty's plans to see her father and the widow get married. Written by
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The Old Swimmin' Hole was a nice final film for Robert F. McGowan's directorial output
This is the second film in a row from 1940 I'm reviewing directed by former Our Gang director Robert F. McGowan, starring Jackie Moran and occasional OG player Marcia Mae Jones from McGowan's run on the series, for the poverty row studio Monogram. Moran's just left high school while it was still in session to take a job in the general store but hopes to become a veterinarian, Ms. Jones is the daughter of the town doctor who Moran works under when he's not in the store. The McGowan touch is mostly evident when Moran and Ms. Jones go to his clubhouse alone where the girl is sneaked in-the club is exclusively for teen boys-and she then goes swimming when she's discovered by a little boy who also does a little sneaking there...While there are some funny scenes like what I just described, it's mostly a drama about choices being made concerning how best to prepare for the future and whether it's worth it for whatever reason. So on that note, I recommend The Old Swimmin' Hole. P.S. This was McGowan's last film as director. He'd resurface as a producer of a couple of Our Gang-derivative features several years later.
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