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Divorced Ethnologist John Parker loves his two boys, Al and Terry, and misses them terribly when they have to leave his archaeological dig at the end of the summer. While Al goes to military school, Terry returns home and learns that his mother, Grace, has married Dr. Phil Shumaker, a stable man who can provide the home that Grace never had with John. When John gets a note from Terry saying that Grace has married and he wishes he were dead, John decides to give up his work and go to his sons. He visits Al at military school first and asks his assistance in helping Terry to accept Phil as his new father. Though the terms of the divorce prevent John from seeing Terry at home, he takes a place near them and asks Al to keep in touch with him about Terry's progress. Though Phil tries to be a good father, he does not understand Terry and makes rules that are impossible for the child to follow.Written by
So child star Jackie Cooper would have been TEN in this film, as Terry, son of the archeologist. Veteran actor Lewis Stone was probably best known as Dad in the Andy Hardy films. was also Great in "Grand Hotel". Maurice Murphy is the other son "Al", was about 20 at this time. anyhoo... mom remarries, and now Terry is very sad, and misses his father very much. Living with the new "dad" comes with so many new rules and strange meals, that Terry is not a happy boy. over the weekend, the older brother is more interested in girls, and mom is interested in the new dad, so Terry is feeling left out. Perfect role for Jackie Cooper, as he was used to playing the lead, down-trodden child, going through the growing pains. when the poop hits the fan, will the family stick together? the family members need each other, but now who is in the inner circle? Directed by Charles Reisner. had started as an actor in the silents (like Jackie Cooper !) and moved into the talkies around 1929. Worked with so many comedians, like Charlie Chapllin, Jack Benny, Marx Brothers, Abbot & Costello. Never won an oscar, but had a pretty good career! this one is pretty good. doesn't really cover any new ground, but is probably aimed at a younger audience.
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