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The Expert (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 5 March 1932 (USA)
An old yet spry man comes to Chicago to live with his son and daughter-in-law. Despite the old fellow's good intentions, he becomes a useless irritation to the couple. However, Grandpa ... See full summary »

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Edna Ferber (adapted from the play: "Minick" by), George S. Kaufman (adapted from the play: "Minick" by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles 'Chic' Sale ... Grandpa John T. Minick
Dickie Moore ... Dickie
Lois Wilson ... Nettie Minick
Ralf Harolde ... Jim Crowley (as Ralf Harold)
Adrienne Dore ... Sadie Crowley
Earle Foxe ... Fred Minick
Noel Francis ... Daisy
Elizabeth Patterson ... Miss Crackenwald
Dorothea Wolbert ... Annie (as Dorothy Wolbert)
Charles E. Evans Charles E. Evans ... Hard of Hearing Grant Resident (as Charles Evans)
Louise Beavers ... Lulu
Walter Catlett ... Al
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An old yet spry man comes to Chicago to live with his son and daughter-in-law. Despite the old fellow's good intentions, he becomes a useless irritation to the couple. However, Grandpa befriends a young orphan boy, whom he helps to set upon the straight and narrow path. He finds solace in this relationship and also in the company of elderly men who live in a home nearby. But the orphan boy's step-father hatches an evil plan that will soon upset the apple cart . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Man Minick See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono
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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 24 September 1924 and closed in January 1925 after 141 performances. The opening night cast included O.P. Heggie as "Old Man Minick." See more »

Connections

Version of Welcome Home (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Played in the score twice
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Give it a Shot
12 October 2005 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

The Expert is the story of two outcasts coming together. Chic Sale plays an old man who is more of a nuisance to his family than he wants to be. Dickie Moore plays a young boy without good parents who is taught to steal. The two meet and begin a friendship in which Dickie is instructed to be a good boy. He calls Sale "Grandpa" and Sale treats the boy like his own grandson, showering him with gifts.

This emotional film is done with class. Although the story could have been lifted from a Lifetime or Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-TV movie, it is done so well, that anyone could be entertained by it. Sale is highly effective as the sympathetic old man and Dickie Moore is unbelievably good in his part despite Moore's own assumptions that he couldn't act. Moore could charm anyone and his crying scenes are heartbreakingly realistic. This is truly a remarkable, forgotten gem.


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