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Everybody's Old Man (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 20 March 1936 (USA)
Elderly businessman (Cobb) thinking about aging and death takes time off to help teach a dead friend's children about life and business.


James Flood


Patterson McNutt (screenplay), A.E. Thomas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Irvin S. Cobb ... William Franklin
Rochelle Hudson ... Cynthia Sampson
Johnny Downs ... Tommy Sampson
Norman Foster ... Ronald Franklin
Alan Dinehart ... Frederick Gillespie
Sara Haden ... Susan Franklin
Donald Meek ... Finney
Warren Hymer ... Mike Murphy
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Dr. Phillips
Charles Coleman ... Mansfield
Ramsay Hill Ramsay Hill ... Earl of Spearford
John Miltern John Miltern ... Larson
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Haslett
Frederick Burton ... Aylesworth
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Jameson


Elderly businessman (Cobb) thinking about aging and death takes time off to help teach a dead friend's children about life and business.

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Release Date:

20 March 1936 (USA) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remake of Twenty Dollars a Week (1924) See more »


Franklin's Foods
Written by Lew Pollack and Jack Yellen
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Irvin Cobb takes over for Will Rogers
7 June 2009 | by Solo-12See all my reviews

Darryl Zanuck had intended this as a Will Rogers project but it was reassigned to Irvin S. Cobb after Rogers' death in a plane crash in 1935. The story has all the folksy elements of a Rogers film and is very enjoyable, but unfortunately Cobb can't rise to the Rogers charm. Cobb, an odd-looking man, was also a journalist and had appeared with Rogers in "Steamboat Round the Bend" so he was a natural choice for the part. He plays a grumpy, but very successful businessman who holds a grudge against his main competitor, who is also a former friend. When the friend dies suddenly, Cobb investigates the competing company and finds that his friend's son and daughter have been wasting all their money and are in danger of losing the company to some conniving executives. He does his best to straighten out the profligate kids and nurtures a romance between his son and the competitor's daughter. "Everybody's Old Man" did not match the box office success of any Will Rogers movies and Cobb only did one more "B" picture for Fox. An interesting sidebar is that Zanuck had produced "The Working Man" starring George Arliss for his previous boss, Jack Warner, in 1933, which was based on the same original story.

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