Life Begins with Love (1937)

68 or 72 mins | Comedy | 7 October 1937

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Oct 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Sep 37
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Jul 37
p. 44
Motion Picture Herald
9 Oct 37
p. 42.
Variety
6 Oct 37
p. 13.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
William Lally
Edward James Flanagan
Jack Lowe
Isabel LaMal
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 October 1937
Production Date:
28 May--7 July 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
27 September 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7441
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68 or 72
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3460
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

William Drake Addington V, a young man from a wealthy family, spends most of his time in nightclubs. One night, a drunk Bill listens to rabble-rouser Darby McGraw speak about redistributing the wealth and is so moved that he promises to give away his money and get a job. The next morning, after escaping a mob of people hoping to receive some of his money, Bill escapes in a laundry truck and goes to the Junior Welfare Home, which is sponsored by his grandfather, Colonel William Addington Drake III. Bill tells everyone he is Bill Smith, an unemployed handyman. Most of the children at the home return to their mothers at night, but orphan Dodie is cared for by Carole Martin, who is a teacher. Dodie is suspicious of Bill, believing he is a criminal, and he unwittingly confirms her doubts by tearing his picture from a newspaper article about his disappearance. Meanwhile, the colonel and Bill's bossy fiancée, Millicent Bonham, a steel heiress, pretend to the public that the wedding is proceeding as planned. Dodie then finds an old newspaper photo of Bill, and assuming he is a bigamist, reports his whereabouts to Millicent. Bill has fallen in love with Carole, and when Dodie tells her about Bill's true identity, she cries. Bill returns to his family home, but Dodie, distraught over her error in judgment, leaves Carole a note that she has been kidnapped. Carole goes to the Drake mansion and confronts Millicent. The colonel then tells Millicent that Bill is giving his fortune away, and she stalks out. Bill arrives with the children from the home, and as ... +


William Drake Addington V, a young man from a wealthy family, spends most of his time in nightclubs. One night, a drunk Bill listens to rabble-rouser Darby McGraw speak about redistributing the wealth and is so moved that he promises to give away his money and get a job. The next morning, after escaping a mob of people hoping to receive some of his money, Bill escapes in a laundry truck and goes to the Junior Welfare Home, which is sponsored by his grandfather, Colonel William Addington Drake III. Bill tells everyone he is Bill Smith, an unemployed handyman. Most of the children at the home return to their mothers at night, but orphan Dodie is cared for by Carole Martin, who is a teacher. Dodie is suspicious of Bill, believing he is a criminal, and he unwittingly confirms her doubts by tearing his picture from a newspaper article about his disappearance. Meanwhile, the colonel and Bill's bossy fiancée, Millicent Bonham, a steel heiress, pretend to the public that the wedding is proceeding as planned. Dodie then finds an old newspaper photo of Bill, and assuming he is a bigamist, reports his whereabouts to Millicent. Bill has fallen in love with Carole, and when Dodie tells her about Bill's true identity, she cries. Bill returns to his family home, but Dodie, distraught over her error in judgment, leaves Carole a note that she has been kidnapped. Carole goes to the Drake mansion and confronts Millicent. The colonel then tells Millicent that Bill is giving his fortune away, and she stalks out. Bill arrives with the children from the home, and as Dodie and the colonel look through the keyhole, he convinces Carole to marry him. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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