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Long Lost Father (1934)

Carl Bellairs and Lindsey Lane, his daughter, meet many years after he deserted her and her mother. They don't much like each other, but wind up working in the same nightclub. Bellairs ... See full summary »


G.B. Stern (novel), Dwight Taylor (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Carl Bellairs
Helen Chandler ... Lindsey Lane Bellairs
Donald Cook ... Dr. Bill Strong
Alan Mowbray ... Sir Tony Gelding
Claude King ... Inspector Townsley
E.E. Clive ... Spot Hawkins
Reginald Sharland ... Lord George Vivian
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Lawyer Stewart
Natalie Moorhead ... Phyllis Mersey-Royds
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Bellwater - The Blonde Widow
Phyllis Barry ... Party Guest
Tempe Pigott ... Mrs. Gamp - The Old Woman
Herbert Bunston Herbert Bunston ... The Bishop
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Mr. Chisholm
John Rogers John Rogers ... Mr. Arno


Carl Bellairs and Lindsey Lane, his daughter, meet many years after he deserted her and her mother. They don't much like each other, but wind up working in the same nightclub. Bellairs discovers he has some fatherly instincts and Lindsey that he's not as useless as a parent as she thought. Written by Arlene K. Witt <arlene@inx.net>

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Release Date:

19 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il padre ritrovato See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Katharine Hepburn was put on suspension by RKO for refusing the female lead in this film. See more »


Bellairs: Ambrose Bierce said, "A sweetheart is like a bottle of wine, a wife is like a wine bottle."
The Blonde Widow: Who's Ambrose Bierce?
Bellairs: A married man.
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Waltz of the Flowers
(1891-2) (uncredited)
from "The Nutcracker Ballet, Op.71"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by the band at the nightclub
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Breezy Helen Chandler
29 November 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Long Lost Father meanders a bit but boasts two very nice performances by stars John Barrymore and Helen Chandler. He plays a cad who abandoned the family 20 years before but is reunited with his wayward daughter through a series of bizarre coincidences. Indeed when they meet outside a lawyer's office, they don't even know each other. The film wavers between comedy and drama and never seems quite comfortable in either genre.

But the film moves along briskly and offers a few very good scenes. Supporting players are interesting. The underused Donald Cook is good as the boyfriend. I always liked Cook but he never made much headway in Hollywood, usually playing the send lead. E.E. Clive is fun as the reformed crook now acting as a waiter. Tempe Pigott plays a bag lady who gets a big surprise in the pocket of a lord's pants. Alan Mowbray plays the rough lord. Natalie Moorhead plays the bleached blonde bimbo. Claude King plays the curious inspector. Doris Lloyd is a customer with an eye for Barrymore. Ferdinand Gottschalk is the feisty lawyer.

Barrymore, Chandler, and Cook are all very loose and good in this freewheeling film. Chandler is especially good. She usually plays limp leading ladies with little character other than being pretty. Here she is a spunky girl who sings and dances in a nightclub and hands back sass to Barrymore with glee. Cook is fun in his drunk scene with Chandler as they search for "an old woman-alive" as part of their treasure hunt.

Worth a look to see Barrymore and Chandler (best known for Dracula) before booze took its toll on their careers. Chandler made only 4 more films after this.

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