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The Very Idea (1929)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 September 1929 (USA)
A Eugenics expert convinces his sister and her husband, a barren couple, to adopt the offspring of his carefully selected "thoroughbreds": the family's chauffeur and maid who themselves are engaged.

Writers:

William LeBaron (play), William LeBaron (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Craven ... Alan Camp
Hugh Trevor ... Joe Garvin
Sally Blane ... Nora
Olive Tell ... Marion Green
Allen Kearns Allen Kearns ... Gilbert Goodhue
Doris Eaton Doris Eaton ... Edith Goodhue
Theodore von Eltz ... George Green
Jeanne De Bard Jeanne De Bard ... Dorothy Green
Adele Watson ... Miss Duncan
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A Eugenics expert convinces his sister and her husband, a barren couple, to adopt the offspring of his carefully selected "thoroughbreds": the family's chauffeur and maid who themselves are engaged.

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The joyous farce-comedy of eugenic parents and high-hat storks that kept New York laughing for a solid riotous year. (Print Ad- The daily News,((St. Thomas, V.I.)) 5 December 1930)

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1929 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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(1917). Stage Play: The Very Idea. Written by William LeBaron. Astor Theatre: 9 Aug 1917- Aug 1917 (closing date unknown/15 performances). Cast: Mabel Allan, Richard Bennett, William Probert Carleton, Ruth Collins, Josephine Drake, Dorothy Mackaye, Florence Oakley, Purnell Pratt (as "George Green"), Ernest Truex (as "Gilbert Goodhue"). Produced by Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson and L. Lawrence Weber. Note: Filmed by Radio Pictures as The Very Idea (1929). See more »

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An Interesting Early Talkie
10 October 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

This early talkie is rather static and at times it feels like the actors are playing to a theater audience. "The Very Idea" is adapted from a play.

The story is simple: a couple wants to have a baby and they employ a surrogate mother (and father) to produce a baby for them.

This does not seem very different from the surrogacy that is now very popular in the U.S. But dialogue about improving the human race make this story feel more like it is about eugenics, the social movement that existed during the early 20th century.

I found the story rather insipid and the acting amateurish and stiff, but this film is somewhat interesting just as a representation of film quality in 1929 and because of its intimations of eugenics, which later became tainted due to Nazi associations.


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