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Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942)

Kathy lives in a cramped New York flat with her father Madden Thomas, a celebrated actor brought down by drink. Lame from an early age and feeling trapped with her father in her small world... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson, Emlyn Williams (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Monty Woolley ... Madden Thomas
Ida Lupino ... Kathy Thomas
Cornel Wilde ... Robert Carter
Sara Allgood ... Alma Lothian, Robert's Aunt
Melville Cooper ... Barty
J. Edward Bromberg ... Sid Gordon
William Demarest ... Police Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alec Craig ... Santa Claus
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Bartender
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Storyline

Kathy lives in a cramped New York flat with her father Madden Thomas, a celebrated actor brought down by drink. Lame from an early age and feeling trapped with her father in her small world, Kathy is delighted to meet fellow tenant Robert. When Madden is offered the lead in a new King Lear and Robert lands a composing job in Hollywood, better times seem for a while to beckon. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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theater | based on play | See All (2) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Begins at 8:30 See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$195,600
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the play "Yesterday's Magic" by Emlyn Williams, which opened on Broadway April 14, 1942 and starred Paul Muni and Jessica Tandy. See more »

Quotes

Madden Thomas: [while working as a department store Santa, Madden Thomas, who has been secretly drinking, belches loudly. A customer gasps] What did you expect, Madame? Chimes?
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Not the Real Santa Claus
31 August 2007 | by summamaximaSee all my reviews

Unlike Edmund Gwenn's portrayal of Kris Kringle on Macy's parade float, Monte Woolleys's Santa Claus was like the alcoholic one Kris replaced at the start of "Miracle on 34th Street". In this film, "Life Begins at Eight-thirty" (that's curtain time for old-time stage professionals) Monte's Thespian character, Madden Thomas, does a between-jobs gig as Department Store Santa, who secretly sips his much-needed "courage", smuggled in from the neighborhood saloon, through a hose from hot water bottle concealed behind his beard. When an uppity customer gasps indignantly upon hearing this Santa letting out a long loud belch, Monte leans down toward her, demanding sarcastically, "What did you expect madame -- chimes?"


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