The Very Idea (1929)

73 mins | Comedy | 15 September 1929

Director:

Richard Rosson

Cinematographer:

Leo Tover

Production Designer:

Max Rée

Production Company:

RKO Productions, Inc.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
22 Feb 1929.
---
Variety
28 Aug 1929
p. 31.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 September 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 24 August 1929
Copyright Claimants:
RKO Productions, Inc. RKO Distributing Corp.
Copyright Dates:
15 September 1929 15 September 1929
Copyright Numbers:
LP758 LP896
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,139, 6,150
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Alan Camp, author of a book on eugenics, urges his sister, Edith Goodhue, who has no children, to let him produce a eugenic child for her and her husband, Gilbert, and they agree. Alan chooses Joe, his chauffeur, and Nora, the Goodhue maid, as the parents, offering the sweethearts $15,000 if they deliver a child within a year. The Goodhues depart for California and return a year later to find their home converted into a nursery but with no child; after much confusion, Joe and Nora appear with their baby and refuse to surrender it, as they have been married. In desperation, Alan dispatches Joe to the orphanage to obtain another baby, but the baby chosen is totally unsuited to the Goodhues; Alan is about to have the nursery removed when Mrs. Goodhue reveals that she and Gilbert are to have a child of their ... +


Alan Camp, author of a book on eugenics, urges his sister, Edith Goodhue, who has no children, to let him produce a eugenic child for her and her husband, Gilbert, and they agree. Alan chooses Joe, his chauffeur, and Nora, the Goodhue maid, as the parents, offering the sweethearts $15,000 if they deliver a child within a year. The Goodhues depart for California and return a year later to find their home converted into a nursery but with no child; after much confusion, Joe and Nora appear with their baby and refuse to surrender it, as they have been married. In desperation, Alan dispatches Joe to the orphanage to obtain another baby, but the baby chosen is totally unsuited to the Goodhues; Alan is about to have the nursery removed when Mrs. Goodhue reveals that she and Gilbert are to have a child of their own. +

GENRE
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Subject

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

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