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Too Many Parents (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 20 March 1936 (USA)
A story of the boys who are sent to military school in order to get them out of the way of their too-busy-to-bother parents or guardians. Lonely young Philip Stewart (George Ernest)writes ... See full summary »

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Robert F. McGowan

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Jesse Lynch Williams (story), George Templeton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances Farmer ... Sally Colman
Lester Matthews ... Mark Stewart
Porter Hall ... Mr. Saunders
Henry Travers ... Wilkins
Billy Lee ... Billy Miller
George Ernest ... Phillip Stewart
Sherwood Bailey Sherwood Bailey ... Clarence Talbot Jr.
Douglas Scott ... Morton Downing
Colin Tapley ... Miller
Buster Phelps ... Clinton Meadows
Howard Hickman ... Colonel Colman (as Howard C. Hickman)
Sylvia Breamer Sylvia Breamer ... Malloy
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Downing
Lois Kent Lois Kent ... Morton's Sister
Jonathan Hale ... Judge
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A story of the boys who are sent to military school in order to get them out of the way of their too-busy-to-bother parents or guardians. Lonely young Philip Stewart (George Ernest)writes himself letters his father, Mark Stewart (Lester Matthews, should be writing. When his hoax is discovered Philip attempts suicide. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1936 (USA) See more »

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Privados do Lar See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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A Little White Gardenia
Sung by Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
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Frances Farmer's first film surprisingly good
27 March 2001 | by jmk56See all my reviews

A typical B-film from Paramount of interest today mostly for the debut performance of Frances Farmer in a sympathetic role as the niece of a military school commander. Farmer is surrounded by scores of child actors (including Billy Lee and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer in a hilarious cameo) and interacts with them beautifully. In fact all of the children are amazingly natural and unforced in their performances. There are of course the requisite heartstring-tugging moments, and a needlessly melodramatic climax featuring a child going over a waterfall in a boat, but the film holds together surprisingly well for its age. Paramount was surprised by the rave reviews this programmer got, especially for Farmer, but they shouldn't have been. This is heads and shoulders above most of the B films which studios routinely churned out on a virtual weekly basis.


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