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Mary Jane's Pa (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 27 April 1935 (USA)
Sam Preston is a small-town newspaper publisher who suffers from wanderlust. Leaving his family (wife Ellen, two daughters and a son,) he thinks well-provided for, he packs a suitcase and ... See full summary »

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... Ellen Preston
... Sam Preston
... King Wagner
... John Wagner
... Kenneth Marvin
... Lucille Preston
... Linc Overman (as Johnny Arledge)
... Fred
Betty Jean Hainey ... Mary Jane Preston
... Chief Bailey
... Sheriff
... Gene
... Jones
Jack Kennedy ... Watchman
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Sam Preston is a small-town newspaper publisher who suffers from wanderlust. Leaving his family (wife Ellen, two daughters and a son,) he thinks well-provided for, he packs a suitcase and hits the road. Ten years later he comes back to find the newspaper shuttered and his family gone. He wanders from town to town searching for them and, finally, comes upon a little lost girl named Mary James, takes her to her home, and discovers she is his youngest daughter. Ellen is now running another newspaper, and is interested in politics...and another man. But after he pleads to remain with his children, she allows him to stay incognito as a housekeeper. Then, the town gossips go to work. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They Set a New High in Howls! (original poster)

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Wanderlust  »

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Ward Bond makes a brief "speaking part" appearance as a thug throwing the switch to shut off the printing press as bad guys enter the room to stop the story from being printed. "You're not going to press, that's what it means." See more »

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Remake of Mary Jane's Pa (1917) See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played as the Marvin bandwagon goes by
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Far from perfect but enjoyable.
8 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Sam (Guy Kibbee) is an irresponsible jerk who has 'itchy feet'. His desire to see the world is so great that he decides to leave his family. However, he's not 100% rotten and he leaves a lot of stocks for them so that they'll be okay financially.

Over a decade passes and Sam is curious about his old family. However, when he returns to his old town, he finds that it's practically a ghost town and the old newspaper they owned is gone. Eventually, he does locate the family--but he doesn't plan on moving back--he just wants to see them. Well, that's his plan at first....but after a while he decides to stick around a bit longer-- especially as his wife's new newspaper is endorsing a man Sam doesn't trust.

This is one of many pairings of Guy Kibbee with Aline MacMahon who plays the long-suffering wife. They worked well together and the film is enjoyable...but it has a basic weakness because Sam is a rather nice but also VERY despicable guy. But somehow it works despite this....


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