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Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 29 July 1938 (USA)
An 1890s widow has two daughters and two sons. The daughters fall in love with the same gentleman.


Rowland V. Lee


Kate Douglas Wiggin (novel), Kate Douglas Wiggin (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Shirley ... Nancy Carey
Ruby Keeler ... Katherine 'Kitty' Carey
James Ellison ... Ralph Thurston
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Margaret Carey
Walter Brennan ... Mr. Ossian Popham
Donnie Dunagan Donnie Dunagan ... Peter Carey
Frank Albertson ... Tom Hamilton Jr.
Alma Kruger ... Aunt Bertha
Jackie Moran ... Gilbert Carey
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Pauline Fuller
Virginia Weidler ... Lally Joy Popham
Ralph Morgan ... Captain John Carey
Phyllis Kennedy ... Annabelle, the Careys' maid
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... Mr. Clarence Fuller
Lucille Ward Lucille Ward ... Mrs. Martha Popham


An 1890s widow has two daughters and two sons. The daughters fall in love with the same gentleman.

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Kate Douglas Wiggin's Memorable Novel


Drama | Romance








Release Date:

29 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aves Sem Rumo See more »


Box Office


$358,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Disney movie Summer Magic was a remake of this movie......with a few minor changes. See more »


Spoofed in Chicken Jitters (1939) See more »


The Washington Post
(1889) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by the band at the pier
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pretty good Family epic
1 May 2010 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Family epic of the Carey family, as they go through good times and bad. They pack a lot of story into this one. At times, its so soapy sweet we want to hurl... those little kids say things way beyond their years. At other times, it swings back and forth between serious scenes and funny times. Keep an eye out for Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch, who plays a mean old cow here too!) Astute viewers will recognize Virginia Weidler as the goofy little girl next door. Weidler was only about ten when she made this, but she was probably better known for playing the daughter in "The Woman" one year later. Mom and Dad Carey are played by Fay Bainter and Ralph Morgan.... Morgan was Frank Morgan's brother... another Wizard of Oz connection! Thank goodness they let Walter Brennan have a large role as the kind neighbor, or this one would have been too cutesy to take. I was getting pretty sick of the little kids antics, but maybe this was aimed toward a younger audience ? The wallpaper hanger (Lew Kelly) has a couple lines in this one, but oddly, of the parts he played in over 200 films, most were uncredited roles. Story by Kate Wiggin, who had also written "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm". Pretty good story, but it does get soapy, sudsy cute now and then.

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