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Too Busy to Work (1939)

The Jones family females decide to teach Father a lesson. He's neglecting the family business to run for mayor, so they decide to neglect their household chores.

Director:

Otto Brower

Writers:

Robert Ellis, George Kelly (play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jed Prouty ... John Jones
Spring Byington ... Mrs. John Jones
Kenneth Howell ... Jack Jones (as Ken Howell)
George Ernest ... Roger Jones
June Carlson ... Lucy Jones
Florence Roberts ... Granny Jones
Billy Mahan Billy Mahan ... Bobby Jones
Joan Davis ... Lolly
Chick Chandler ... Cracker McGurk
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Randolph Russell
Andrew Tombes ... Wilbur Wentworth
Marvin Stephens Marvin Stephens ... Tommy McGuire
Irving Bacon ... Gilligan
Helen Ericson ... Betty
Harold Goodwin ... Raymond
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The Jones family females decide to teach Father a lesson. He's neglecting the family business to run for mayor, so they decide to neglect their household chores.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1939 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Funny movie is possibly the best in the series
25 July 2014 | by operameisterSee all my reviews

The now-forgotten Jones Family series made by Twentieth Century-Fox had one more entry than MGM's Andy Hardy series. The series focuses on a small-town druggist (Jed Prouty) -- who eventually becomes mayor -- and his family, consisting of his wife, mother, three boys (including girl-happy Jack) and two daughters, one of whom gets married and has a baby. I've seen all but two of the films in the series and this is the funniest by far, and not just because comedienne Joan Davis is in the cast. There are many amusing lines and situations, and dyspeptic Granny is a riot. Spring Byington takes center stage -- literally -- when she decides to become an actress because Mayor Jones, her husband, is neglecting his store and family.


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