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Love Begins at Twenty (1936)

Horatio Gillingwater, a hen-pecked husband of long standing, takes up boozing and begins to wear the family pants and take charge of family matters, including aiding the romance of his daughter, Lois, with Jerry Wayne.

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writers:

Martin Flavin (play), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Herbert ... Horatio Gillingwater
Patricia Ellis ... Lois Gillingwater
Warren Hull ... Jerry Wayne
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Jacob 'Jake' Buckley
Dorothy Vaughan ... Evalina 'Evie' Gillingwater
Clarence Wilson Clarence Wilson ... Jonathan Ramp
Robert Gleckler ... Gangster Mugsy O'Bannion - aka Harold McCauley
Mary Treen ... Alice Gillingwater
Anne Nagel ... Miss Perkins - Ramp's Secretary
Arthur Aylesworth ... Justice Felton
Sol Gorss Sol Gorss ... Jim - Bank Robber
Henry Otho Henry Otho ... Lumpy - Bank Robber
Max Wagner ... Lester - O'Bannion's Driver
Tom Brower ... Sheriff Bert Hanson
Milton Kibbee ... Wilbur - Detective (as Milt Kibbee)
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Storyline

Horatio Gillingwater (Hugh Herbert), a hen-pecked husband of long standing, takes up boozing and begins to wear the family pants and take charge of family matters, including aiding the romance of his daughter, Lois (Patricia Ellis), with Jerry Wayne (Warren Hull...and several misadventures with people and incidents way out of his normal element. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddentlink.net>

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WHEN CUPID'S STUPID - HUGH COMES THROUH! Leave it to Hugh Herbert to teach the youngsters something new about love! He's a panic as the head of the looniest family you're ever met! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Begins at 20 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Horatio's original salary of $150 per month would equate to nearly $2,600 per month in 2017. See more »

Goofs

On his trolley trip into Fort Vernal, Horatio passes the the same two billboards twice within a couple seconds (on the rear projection behind him). See more »

Connections

Version of Too Young to Marry (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
Traditional
Played on piano by Hobart Cavanaugh at the wedding
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A lot of fun
23 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In general, I am not a huge fan of Hugh Herbert...but I've got to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed "Life Begins at Twenty". The film is slight but lots of fun!

When the film begins, it's obvious that Horatio (Herbert) is a hen- pecked man. His wife endlessly tells him what to do and it soon becomes apparent that his boss is no better. But Horatio just takes it...letting folks walk all over him. To make it worse, his wife keeps reminding him of another man who COULD have married her instead and she wishes she'd taken this other guy! By now, the audience is just praying to see this worm turn...and eventually he does and it all starts with an innocent little drink.

What I liked about this film is how everything worked out so nicely and yet realistically for good old Horatio by the end of the film. I could see how this originally was a very successful play...and it's well worth seeing and a nice little surprise.


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