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Father Steps Out (1937)

Joe Hardcastle has a popular cheese business that is thriving, his employees love him, and he and his wife are able to live comfortably. However, when his daughter Helen comes home from a ... See full summary »

Director:

Maclean Rogers

Writers:

Kathleen Butler (adaptation), Henry Holt (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Carney ... Joe Hardcastle
Dinah Sheridan ... Helen Hardcastle
Bruce Seton ... Johnnie Miller
Vivienne Chatterton Vivienne Chatterton ... Mrs. Hardcastle
Basil Langton ... Philip Fitzwilliam
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Mr. Fitzwilliam
Zillah Bateman Zillah Bateman ... Mrs. Fitzwilliam
Elizabeth Kent Elizabeth Kent ... Joan
Ann Wilton Ann Wilton
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Joe Hardcastle has a popular cheese business that is thriving, his employees love him, and he and his wife are able to live comfortably. However, when his daughter Helen comes home from a finishing school, he notices that she has changed into a wannabe posh lady. The same day she returns, she announces that her friend from school has invited her to her parents home (Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam's home), and she will leave the very next day. Mr. and Mrs. Hardcastle are disappointed that she must leave again so soon, but then Mrs. Fitzwilliam calls up and invites them to her home as well, to which they heartily accept. Soon though, ulterior motives become evident on both sides : Helen wishes to visit because son Philip Fitzwilliam has caught her eye, and Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam scheme to get the Hardcastle's money by way of arranging an engagement between their respective children. Written by Sarah

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1937 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dialect Comedy
20 June 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Pleasant comedy of manners as down-to-earth George Carney and his wife deal with his daughter's public school snobbery and some upper-class swindlers. Carney and Vivienne Chatterton play it with Manchester accents that you could shatter glass with. Dinah Sheridan, as their snobbish daughter, is very obnoxious for the first half of the movie, but Carney's good-natured hard-headedness triumphs in the end.

This is pretty much the tag end of the Manchester school of dramaturgy, which produced some good works like HINDLE WAKES and HOBSON'S CHOICE. Characters in this one seem to be reduced to stereotypes by this stage, but Carney is an accomplished enough actor to keep things moving.


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