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Ask Dad (1929)

A young boy falls for his widowed father's efficient secretary, who has more sense than them both.


Hugh Faulcon


Joseph Jackson (as Joseph A. Jackson)


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Complete credited cast:
Edward Everett Horton ... Dad
Winston Miller ... Tommy, his son
Ruth Renick ... Miss Grace Wilson, his secretary


A young boy falls for his widowed father's efficient secretary, who has more sense than them both.

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

17 February 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coronet Talking Comedies (#2): Ask Dad See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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9 September 2005 | by hengirSee all my reviews

Set in an office, this is a simple story of two men and a girl wherein the two men are father and son and the girl is the latter's secretary. Even at twenty minutes it is slow and could have been half the length with more running about and doors banging. Made in 1929 as it was the camera was rooted pretty much in one place to allow the dialogue to be recorded. The sound quality is excellent though.

The actor playing the son has mistaken painfully slow for painfully shy and the actor playing the girl is pretty but not much else. It does have, playing the father, Edward Everett Horton however and he is always worth seeing. In a long film career he played in many poor pictures as well as some classics but is always watchable on the screen whatever the movie. That harassed, narrow face and the unmistakable voice. There is a dictation scene that is most amusing. With a perkier cast and a bit of speed this could have been a much better short.

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