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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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IT'S GREAT because it's Human!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy kunnostautuu See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened in New York City, New York on 8 October 1928 and ran for 280 performances. See more »

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Version of Courage (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4
(1868) (uncredited)
aka "Brahms' Lullaby"
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played on piano by Dickie Moore
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Dickie Moore: The little boy that could!!
1 July 2005 | by shirleyp92See all my reviews

Based on Tom Barry's play, a widow (played by Kay Francis) runs out of money, and her three children abandon her. This drama explores the financial difficulties facing a family in the Depression and the fine character of the youngest, Bill. On a personal note, I enjoyed this film very much, in particular the performance by Dickie Moore as young 'Bill'. In fact, Moore's Bill had more charm and raw human emotion in his little finger than Mickey Rooney in the entire series of Andy Hardy films. In my opinion, that little guy (Bill) was pure heart, and took me back to the Jackie-Coogan character in Chaplin's 'The Kid'. In many respects, at 13 years old, Moore pretty much carried this film.

Overall, the supporting cast was rather bland, i.e. the three brats and the banker. Kay Francis plays the typically concerned mom. Ending was a bit too quick-paced, and much too optimistic --- although I highly enjoyed Bill and his mother, a.k.a "Sweetheart", finally kicking their evil Aunt Caroline out the door, i.e. "...that dog-faced buffoon!!...SCRAM!"

A slightly predictable ending, however all together satisfying picture providing some strong family values.


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