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Henry and Dizzy (1942)

Approved  |   |  Action, Comedy, Romance  |  5 June 1942 (USA)
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In order to impress Phyllis Michael, Henry Aldrich takes a sales job. Soon he is involved with vacuum cleaners, motor boats and a father-son race at a picnic in which he hires a tramp to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Lydon ...
Charles Smith ...
Olive Blakeney ...
Maude Eburne ...
Mrs. Bradley
Vaughan Glaser ...
Mr. Bradley
Shirley Coates ...
Jennie Kilmer
Olin Howland ...
Mr. Stevens (as Olin Howlin)
Minerva Urecal ...
Mrs. Kilmer
Trevor Bardette ...
Mr. Weeks
Billy Weeks
Warren Hymer ...
Jane Cowan ...
Pamela Rogers


In order to impress Phyllis Michael, Henry Aldrich takes a sales job. Soon he is involved with vacuum cleaners, motor boats and a father-son race at a picnic in which he hires a tramp to play his father. Don't ask. He also has to pay for a motor boat which he accidentally destroyed by accident. Henry has some problems to be solved, and his friend Dizzy Stevens isn't likely to be of any help. Written by Les Adams <>

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Followed by Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout (1944) See more »

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A father learns a lesson
10 July 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

Henry Aldrich played by Jimmy Lydon and his best friend Dizzy Stevens played by Charles Smith return in this fine film of comedy and family love. Henry and Dizzy are with some girls in the lake area when Henry does what he does "best" and sinks the boat. The boat owner and his horrible son played by Carl "alfalfa" Switzer demand repayment for a new boat or jail for Henry. Mr Aldrich is approached by Henry with the idea of a father/son project of building a new boat. But the project that Mr Aldrich wants is only a kite. So Henry enters a father/son outing of contests at the park to win a cash prize. Trouble is that Mr Aldrich doesn't have time for his son so Henry finds a substitute father. Mr Aldrich finds this out and learns that time with his son is more important than anything else.

Comedy with a vacuum cleaner as Henry and Dizzy attempt to raise money is a classic. Scenes of Mr Aldrich trying to win many of the physical contests "three-legged races, etc" are also funny. A fine film for the whole family to watch together.

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