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Private Affairs (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy | 5 July 1940 (USA)
Amos Bullerton, son of an old Boston family, has chosen for twenty years to remain a "black sheep" rather than submit to the dictation of his staid family. Jane Bullerton, his daughter, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Angus McPherson
Noble Bullerton
George Gilkin
Florence Shirley ...
Mrs. Gilkin
G.P. Huntley ...
Herbert Stanley, (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Dick Cartwright
Casper, the Butler
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Stanley
Douglas Wood ...
Mr. Stanley
Judge Samuel Elmer Hamilton
Tim Ryan ...
Bartender Harry


Amos Bullerton, son of an old Boston family, has chosen for twenty years to remain a "black sheep" rather than submit to the dictation of his staid family. Jane Bullerton, his daughter, finds herself in the same quandary, ordered by her crotchety grandfather, Noble Bullerton, to marry a man she doesn't love. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

5 July 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Forgotten screwball comedy, like TRADING PLACES still funny after all these years!
17 January 2004 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

Roland Young and Hugh Herbert make an amusing comedy team in this Universal classic `B' film. With humorous antics of the main characters your laughter will keep you chuckling along a well weaved wacky plot, which has Herbert as a cab driver and Young as a chalkboard operator on Wall Street.

Disowned by his wealthy family, Amos Bullerton (Young) ekes out a living as a chalk-board proprietor in a Wall Street brokerage. With the help of his erstwhile friend, cab-driver Angus McPherson (Herbert), Bullerton tries to smooth the path of romance for his daughter Jane (Nancy Kelly). Though engaged to snobbish Herbert Stanley (G. P. Huntley Jr.), Jane is really in love with Jimmy Nolan (Robert Cummings) who like Bullerton himself is on the outs with his well-to-do family. Given its Wall Street background, there's a stock-manipulation scheme at the heart of Young manages to straighten out his daughter's romances as well as prevent a gang of crooks from turning the stock market upside-down. Herbert plays a more straight-comedy role and dispenses with most of his usual slapstick antics. Private Affairs, which in its own way is as intricately funny as the Bull-and-Bear shenanigans in 1982's Trading Places.

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