Director:

E. Mason Hopper

Cinematographer:

William Daniels

Editor:

Margaret Booth

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Kempy . Elliott Nugent and his father, J. C. Nugent, who co-authored the play Kempy , also co-starred in the original Broadway production, as well as a 1927 revival that opened on Broadway on 11 May 1927. Norma Lee, who was married to Elliott, also portrayed "Kate" in the 1927 revival. Actress Ruth Nugent, who was Elliott's sister, portrayed "Ruth Bence" in both Broadway productions, but that role was played by Marion Shilling in the ... More Less

The working title of the film was Kempy . Elliott Nugent and his father, J. C. Nugent, who co-authored the play Kempy , also co-starred in the original Broadway production, as well as a 1927 revival that opened on Broadway on 11 May 1927. Norma Lee, who was married to Elliott, also portrayed "Kate" in the 1927 revival. Actress Ruth Nugent, who was Elliott's sister, portrayed "Ruth Bence" in both Broadway productions, but that role was played by Marion Shilling in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Mar 1930.
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Los Angeles Times
25 Jun 1929
p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
28 Jun 1929
p. 11.
New York Times
16 Jun 1929
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Stage dir
Stage dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
SOUND
Rec eng
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Kempy by J. C. Nugent and Elliott Nugent (New York, 15 May 1922).
SONGS
"I Love You Truly," words and music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Kempy
Release Date:
21 September 1929
Production Date:
began late June 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 September 1929
Copyright Number:
LP729
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Length(in feet):
8,818
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Kempy, a plumber who aspires to be an architect, is repairing a pipe in the Bence household when Kate, the artistic and independent eldest daughter, persuades him to marry her to prove something to Duke Merrill, the man she really loves. Bence, an irascible old man, attempts to throw Kempy out of the house when Kate and he arrive married, but Duke, a lawyer, helps to turn the tables by selling Kempy the deed to Bence's house. Again assisted by Duke, Kempy gets an annulment from his shrewish wife when he discovers he has fallen in love with Ruth, the youngest daughter, and all ends ... +


Kempy, a plumber who aspires to be an architect, is repairing a pipe in the Bence household when Kate, the artistic and independent eldest daughter, persuades him to marry her to prove something to Duke Merrill, the man she really loves. Bence, an irascible old man, attempts to throw Kempy out of the house when Kate and he arrive married, but Duke, a lawyer, helps to turn the tables by selling Kempy the deed to Bence's house. Again assisted by Duke, Kempy gets an annulment from his shrewish wife when he discovers he has fallen in love with Ruth, the youngest daughter, and all ends happily. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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