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Affairs of Cappy Ricks (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 24 May 1937 (USA)
Cappy Ricks, a crusty old sea captain, returns home from a long voyage to discover that his family and his business are in chaos--his daughter is set to marry a nitwit that he can't stand, ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Staub

Writers:

Peter B. Kyne (based on a story by), Lester Cole (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Brennan ... Cappy Ricks
Mary Brian ... Frances 'Frankie' Ricks
Lyle Talbot ... Bill Peck
Frank Shields ... Waldo P. Bottomly Jr.
Frank Melton ... Matt Peasely
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Amanda Peasely
Phyllis Barry ... Ellen Ricks Peasely
William B. Davidson ... Waldo P. Bottomly Sr.
Frank Shannon ... Captain Braddock
Howard Brooks Howard Brooks ... Revere - The Butler
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Cappy Ricks, a crusty old sea captain, returns home from a long voyage to discover that his family and his business are in chaos--his daughter is set to marry a nitwit that he can't stand, and his future mother-in-law has taken over everything and is set to merge his business with that of a rival company. Worst of all, though, is that she--in the interests of "progress"--has completely automated his beloved ship, "Electra"!. He sets out to put an end to all this foolishness and comes up with what he thinks is a foolproof plan. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1937 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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No, I'M in charge of this sinking ship!
23 April 2006 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

A pretty lightweight comedy here. This stars Walter Brennan stars as Captain Ricks, a family patriarch who returns home after a long trip abroad to find his personal and business affairs all in a shambles! His daughter is getting married to a shlub he doesn't approve of, his business has been taken over by his future mother-in-law AND his ship, his pride and joy has become automated! Ricks takes matters into his own hands and literally tries to be captain of the ship again by taking them on a cruise where he can try to boss everyone around and be in control everyone again. But it doesn't work, so he takes matters into his own hands, he "shipwrecks" everyone so he can get everyone straightened out! Walter Brennan is great here as is the whole cast. And I love the whole 'Captain of the ship" motif that they have going on here. The one problem I have with this is that it goes on far too long, going into one madcap adventure after another. Some lengthening of scenes (as opposed to shorter subplot scenes) would have done the trick here.


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