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Wednesday's Child (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 26 October 1934 (USA)
A boy is miserable when his parents get divorced and can't seem to fit him into their new lives.


John S. Robertson (as John Robertson)


Leopold Atlas (from the play by) (as Leopold L. Atlas), Willis Goldbeck (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Karen Morley ... Kathryn Phillips
Edward Arnold ... Ray Phillips
Frankie Thomas ... Bobby Phillips
Robert Shayne ... Howard Benson
Frank Conroy ... The Judge
Shirley Grey ... Louise
Paul Stanton ... Keyes
David Durand ... Charles
Richard Barbee ... Dr. Stirling
Frank M. Thomas ... Attorney for the Defense (as Frank Thomas Sr.)
Mona Bruns Mona Bruns ... The Nurse
Elsa Janssen ... Martha (as Elsa Jannsen)


Ten-year-old Bobby and a group of friends see Bobby's mother kissing a man not her husband. Despite serious concerns about Bobby, a divorce ensues and Bobby, although thoroughly disenchanted with his mother, is sent away with her where month after month despite all her efforts he grows more depressed, dreaming of reunification with his beloved father. On returning to his father at vacation, he finds him preoccupied with an impending second marriage. Bobby suffers a serious breakdown but is nevertheless packed off to military school. Written by Jasha

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Frank M. Thomas is billed in the opening credits as "Tom Franklin" (his stage name), but as "Frank Thomas, Sr." in the end credits. See more »


A montage of calendar pages begins with some that are correct for the year 1934 and then January 1935, but the next page for February shows 29 days. 1935 was not a Leap Year. This mistake makes all the subsequent pages incorrect by one day. See more »


Version of Child of Divorce (1946) See more »


Largo ('Going Home')
(uncredited) (1893)
from "Symphony No.9 in E- ('From The New World'), Op.95"
Written by Antonín Dvorák
Played on the bells at the Military Academy
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Keep a few Kleenex handy when you see this one.
18 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Bobby is a miserable kid--mostly because his parents totally suck. Bobby and his friends discover his mother necking...with another man! Soon, his parents divorce and the boy is forced to live with his selfish mother. But it's not just the mother--Bobby's father is always away on business and just never seems to have any time for the kid. Not surprisingly, the kid is confused and depressed...and yet the parents either don't notice or just don't care. Eventually the poor boy is just shuffled off to a military boarding school after the parents divorce in order to make life easier for the parents! Is there any hope for Bobby?

This is a terribly depressing film (at least until the end) and an excellent film for anyone to see who is contemplating divorce or who wants to have a kid. After all, it manages to show the pain and impact on the kid without being too heavy-handed. Well worth seeing not just for this reason but because it feels so emotionally true and honest. A low-budget, simple but super-effective film that is a bit of a sleeper.

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English | German

Release Date:

26 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apám felesége See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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