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Good Old Soak (1937)

A small town drunk beats a teetotal banker guilty of a shady transaction.


J. Walter Ruben


Don Marquis (play), A.E. Thomas


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Cast overview:
Wallace Beery ... Clem Hawley
Una Merkel ... Nellie
Eric Linden ... Clemmie Hawley
Judith Barrett ... Ina Heath
Betty Furness ... Lucy Hawley
Ted Healy ... Al Simmons
Janet Beecher ... Matilda Hawley
George Sidney ... Kennedy
Robert McWade ... Webster Parsons
James Bush ... Tom Ogden
Margaret Hamilton ... Minnie


A small town drunk beats a teetotal banker guilty of a shady transaction.

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Release Date:

23 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A család szégyene See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A video copy of this film is held by the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »


Version of The Old Soak (1926) See more »


You've Got a Certain Something
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
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A ne'er do well makes good.
20 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Good Old Soak" is the sort of sentimental film that MGM loved to put Wallace Beery in, as they created a persona of a big, lovable, good for nothing. In real life, most reports are that he was a horrid man...but this is neither the time nor place to get into that.

The story finds Clem a lazy drinking man who has barely worked a day in his life. His wife is exasperated with him....and with good reason. However, when his son steals her stocks and sells them to cover his own improprieties, Clem is more than happy to step in and take blame. After all, she already is at the end of her rope with Clem and is ready to toss him out...so he might as well go out with a bang. So what happens next? See the film.

This is a very enjoyable and sentimental film. While it isn't among Beery's best, it is quite good and the sort of old fashioned film they sadly don't make any more.

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