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Long Lost Father (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 January 1934 (USA)
Carl Bellairs and Lindsey Lane, his daughter, meet many years after he deserted her and her mother. They don't much like each other, but wind up working in the same nightclub. Bellairs ... See full summary »


G.B. Stern (novel), Dwight Taylor (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Carl Bellairs
Helen Chandler ... Lindsey Lane Bellairs
Donald Cook ... Dr. Bill Strong
Alan Mowbray ... Sir Tony Gelding
Claude King ... Inspector Townsley
E.E. Clive ... Spot Hawkins
Reginald Sharland ... Lord George Vivian
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Lawyer Stewart
Natalie Moorhead ... Phyllis Mersey-Royds
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Bellwater - The Blonde Widow
Phyllis Barry ... Party Guest
Tempe Pigott ... Mrs. Gamp - The Old Woman
Herbert Bunston ... The Bishop
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Mr. Chisholm
John Rogers John Rogers ... Mr. Arno


Carl Bellairs and Lindsey Lane, his daughter, meet many years after he deserted her and her mother. They don't much like each other, but wind up working in the same nightclub. Bellairs discovers he has some fatherly instincts and Lindsey that he's not as useless as a parent as she thought. Written by Arlene K. Witt <arlene@inx.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

19 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El padre perdido See more »

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?


Katharine Hepburn was put on suspension by RKO for refusing the female lead in this film. See more »


[Bellairs has chastised the maitre d' for letting a fast crowd into the club]
Maitre d': They all come from good families, sir.
Bellairs: So did Henry VIII.
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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Played by E.E. Clive on clarinet
Reprised by the band at the pier
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Delightful, a little gem
12 February 2007 | by stephanderSee all my reviews

This is a quite short and minor film for movie great John Barrymore, but one of his most engaging. He plays a ne'er-do-well man about town who is currently managing a London nightclub. At a will reading he comes to meet the daughter he has not seen in twenty years. She is now an entertainer and at the behest of the nightclub owner, is induced, against the father's wishes, to perform there. The father-daughter relationship, at first very frosty, develops amusingly and charmingly.

Barrymore, capable, of course, of the great dramatic or romantic performance, is here wonderfully delightful, at times touchingly paternal, but never overly sentimental. As always, it is pure pleasure to hear his every line of dialog and to see the thoughts and emotions play upon his face. This is Barrymore lite, but a performance one can easily see again and again with enjoyment. His daughter, not expectedly a bit wild and eccentric, is perfectly played by Helen Chandler. She is best known for being in Dracula with Lugosi and Christopher Strong with Hepburn, but this is probably her best role. (Actually this is a part one can imagine John's grand-daughter Drew playing!) Miss Chandler, so believable as John Barrymore's daughter was, ironically, married to Bramwell Fletcher, who would later marry Barrymore's daughter.

The supporting cast, particularly Donald Cook as the boyfriend and Alan Mowbray as the nightclub owner, is very good. The direction (by King Kong veteran Ernest Schoedsack) is brisk and well-paced, even if the story meanders a bit. --- The major fault of the film is that there perhaps could be a bit more of it.

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