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On Borrowed Time (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Fantasy | 7 July 1939 (USA)
A cantankerous old man takes in his beloved, orphaned grandson, whom he must protect at all costs, including from an agent of Death with the help of a magical apple tree.


Harold S. Bucquet


Alice D.G. Miller (screen play), Frank O'Neill (screen play) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Julian Northrup - Gramps
Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Brink (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Beulah Bondi ... Nellie - Granny
Una Merkel ... Marcia Giles
Bobs Watson ... Pud
Nat Pendleton ... Mr. Grimes
Henry Travers ... Dr. Evans
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Pilbeam
Eily Malyon ... Demetria Riffle
James Burke ... Sheriff Burlingame
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Reverend Murdock
Ian Wolfe ... Charles Wentworth
Phillip Terry ... Bill Lowry
Truman Bradley ... James Northrup


Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his cantankerous old grandfather become inseparable friends. But Gramps is concerned for his grandson's future and wary of a scheming relative who seeks Pud's custody. One day Mr. Brink--an agent of Death--arrives to take Gramps "to the land where the woodbine twineth." Through a bit of trickery, Gramps confines Mr. Brink, and thus Death, to the top of an old apple tree, giving Gramps extra time to resolve issues about Pud's future. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Plot Keywords:

boy | tree | death | man in tree | heaven | See All (24) »


The Great Broadway Stage Hit Reaches The Screen


Drama | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


H.C. Potter was hired to direct, but he was replaced by Harold S. Bucquet before production began. See more »


Julian Northrup: Well now, look here Mr. Brink, I don't like you and I wouldn't go with you to a rat fight!
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An oldie but a compelling goodie
17 March 1999 | by VenturinSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on television when I was a kid. It was the late late movie, and I was totally taken.

This was the first "old" movie that made me go, "wow!" It had a big impression on me and opened up my eyes to the worth of old movies. A strange trip of a movie.

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Release Date:

7 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horas Roubadas See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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