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Old Man Rhythm (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 2 August 1935 (USA)
A businessman enrolls as a college freshman in order to break up his son's relationship with a gold-digger.


Edward Ludwig


Lewis E. Gensler (story) (as Lewis Gensler), Sig Herzig (story) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Johnny Roberts
George Barbier ... John Roberts Sr
Barbara Kent ... Edith Warren
Grace Bradley ... Marion Beecher
Betty Grable ... Sylvia
Eric Blore ... 'Phil' Phillips
Erik Rhodes ... Frank Rochet
John Arledge ... Pinky Parker
Johnny Mercer ... Colonel
Donald Meek ... Paul Parker
Evelyn Poe Evelyn Poe ... Honey


Rich John Roberts, Jr. gets reports that his son, Johnny, is falling for a gold digging blonde at college. So he enrolls as a freshman to try to steer Johnny towards the girl he'd like him to marry. He hits upon the idea to have the blonde believe he lost his business, by writing a letter instructing his partner to wire him that his business went broke. But he gives the letter to a school official who forgets to mail it. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Several of the collegiates are played by the scions of silent stars including Erich von Sttroheim, Jr., Carlyle Blackwell, Jr., Bryant Washburn, Jr., and Claude Gillingwater, Jr. See more »

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The opening title leaps up from the orchestra music. See more »


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Comes the Revolution, Baby
Music by Lewis E. Gensler
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Johnny Mercer, Evelyn Poe, others
Danced by Betty Grable tapping en pointe in ballet slippers, Sonny Lamont tapping and doing handsprings
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Much better than you might think
22 March 2016 | by efischSee all my reviews

This is definitely a "B" movie churned out by RKO to fill its theaters. It is a very good B movie with lots of talented people who didn't get a lot of exposure. The most famous name is Betty Grable and a fading overage Buddy Rogers. The musical numbers are well staged (by Hermes Pan) and lively, are very witty, and due to Johnny Mercer, who is one of the stars, has some very good lyrics. The plot is nonsense and doesn't get in the way of the musical numbers. I only wish college had been like this. Did every college have an ice cream shop? The opening titles are very interestingly staged. Eric Blore is amusing and gets to explain the difference between male and female fleas. Erik Rhodes does his Italian thing, and George Barbier as Buddy's father seems to be enjoying himself. You will too.

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Release Date:

2 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Papa's in the Cradle 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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