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My Bill (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 9 July 1938 (USA)
The town of Colbrook, Massachusetts was founded by the family of the same name, and as such they are its leading family. Widowed Mrs. Reginald Colbrook - Mary - has had to manage the family... See full summary »

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Vincent Sherman (screen play), Robertson White (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Mary Colbrook
Bonita Granville ... Gwen Colbrook
John Litel ... John Rudlin
Anita Louise ... Muriel Colbrook
Bobby Jordan ... Reginald Colbrook
Dickie Moore ... Bill Colbrook
Maurice Murphy ... Lynn Willard
Elisabeth Risdon ... Aunt Caroline
Helena Phillips Evans ... Adelaide Crosby
John Ridgely ... Florist
Sidney Bracey ... Jenner (as Sidney Bracy)
Bernice Pilot Bernice Pilot ... Beulah
Jan Holm Jan Holm ... Secretary
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The town of Colbrook, Massachusetts was founded by the family of the same name, and as such they are its leading family. Widowed Mrs. Reginald Colbrook - Mary - has had to manage the family money following her husband's death, something she had never done and at which she knows she is not good. However, in doing what she felt best, she made some bad investments, leaving her and her children - young adult Muriel, teenagers Reginald Jr. ("Reggie") and Gwen, and adolescent Bill - penniless, which she tries to hide from them. When the children do find out, Muriel, Reggie and Gwen, absorbed in their own lives, decide to do what they believe is best for their own individual situation, which involves abandoning their mother and living with their judgmental and controlling but wealthy paternal Aunt Caroline. Bill, on the other hand, was not invited by Aunt Caroline, as she has always believed the rumors that he is not her biological nephew, he who would not have gone with her regardless in ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1938 (USA) See more »

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Billy kunnostautuu See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4
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Excellent Cast Makes for Enjoyable Drama
15 September 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

My Bill (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Predictable but irresistible "B" picture from Warner features Kay Francis as a widowed mother who finds herself broke and trying to support her four children anyway she can. When her dead husband's sister takes the three oldest children, it leaves the mother and her youngest son Bill (Dickie Moore) to try and right the ship. MY BILL runs just 64-minutes and it contain some of the most predictable moments of melodrama that you're ever going to see but at the same time the film is just so charming that you can't help but fall in love with the characters and their situation. The screenplay by future director Vincent Sherman isn't the greatest thing ever written but it's serviceable enough. The characters either have wings attached to their backs or rattles meaning that there's really no "development" as characters are either good or evil but that's okay. The film manages to work because the actors are simply so good in their roles. I dare say this here is one of the best performances I've seen from Francis. She perfectly handles this role and really brings it to life no matter what is asked from her. Whether she's playing the sweet mother, the strong mother or the one facing certain drama, Francis is perfect all around. Moore is also brilliant in his role as the tough-as-nails kid who stands up for his mom at all costs. Bonita Granville, Anita Louise and East Side Kid Bobby Jordan play the three oldest children and it's always nice to see them. John Litel has a small but good role as does Helena Phillips Evans and Elizabeth Risdon. Fans of "B" movies are certainly going to enjoy this little gem and if you are a fan of Turner Classic Movies and the countless forgotten movies they show, then many of the cast are going to be familiar to you. Everything here really adds up to a nice little gem and it's certainly worth catching.


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