Many a Slip (1931)

64 or 71 mins | Comedy | 2 March 1931

Director:

Vin Moore

Writer:

Gladys Lehman

Producer:

Carl Laemmle Jr.

Cinematographer:

Jerome Ash

Editor:

Harry W. Lieb

Production Designer:

Walter Koessler

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to an unidentified contemporary source, the working title of the film was Babies Won't Tell ... More Less

According to an unidentified contemporary source, the working title of the film was Babies Won't Tell . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
30 Aug 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 30
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Feb 31
p. 50.
Variety
1 Sep 31
p. 34.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Carl Laemmle, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Staged by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cine
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv film ed
SOUND
Rec supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based the play Many a Slip by Edith Fitzgerald and Robert Riskin (New York, 3 Feb 1930).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Babies Won't Tell
Release Date:
2 March 1931
Production Date:
3 November--1 December 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 February 1931
Copyright Number:
LP1968
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64 or 71
Length(in feet):
6,630
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Pat Coster's divorced father William refuses to allow her to date, even though she is eighteen years old, and her younger brother Ted belittles her for having limited social skills. At a party with Ted, Pat meets Jerry Brooks and his best friend, Stan Price. Pat and Jerry take a drive to a lake, but when they start to kiss, they fall into the water and then take refuge from the cold in an abandoned cabin. After another kiss, Pat assumes that they are engaged, but Jerry does not believe in marriage. Pat refuses to take Jerry's calls for a long time, but finally makes plans to see him at her house. That same day, Pat's mother Emily pays a surprise visit, and although her children are delighted to see her, her ex-husband William is not. Pat and Jerry resolve their differences and marry, and some time later, Jerry becomes convinced that Pat is pregnant. Emily comes for a visit and discovers that Pat is not actually pregnant, but withholds it from Jerry. During an evening with the family, during which Pat's bad temper increases while Jerry and William play with a toy train intended for her unborn child, Emily tells Jerry her version of the story, then later Pat tells Jerry the truth. Feeling deceived, Jerry leaves Pat and moves in with Stan. Later, Pat finds out that she really is pregnant, but refuses to tell Jerry. Instead, her whole family, one by one, goes to Jerry's apartment to tell him. Finally Pat comes over and, angry that her family has been meddling in her affairs, leaves. The conflict ... +


Pat Coster's divorced father William refuses to allow her to date, even though she is eighteen years old, and her younger brother Ted belittles her for having limited social skills. At a party with Ted, Pat meets Jerry Brooks and his best friend, Stan Price. Pat and Jerry take a drive to a lake, but when they start to kiss, they fall into the water and then take refuge from the cold in an abandoned cabin. After another kiss, Pat assumes that they are engaged, but Jerry does not believe in marriage. Pat refuses to take Jerry's calls for a long time, but finally makes plans to see him at her house. That same day, Pat's mother Emily pays a surprise visit, and although her children are delighted to see her, her ex-husband William is not. Pat and Jerry resolve their differences and marry, and some time later, Jerry becomes convinced that Pat is pregnant. Emily comes for a visit and discovers that Pat is not actually pregnant, but withholds it from Jerry. During an evening with the family, during which Pat's bad temper increases while Jerry and William play with a toy train intended for her unborn child, Emily tells Jerry her version of the story, then later Pat tells Jerry the truth. Feeling deceived, Jerry leaves Pat and moves in with Stan. Later, Pat finds out that she really is pregnant, but refuses to tell Jerry. Instead, her whole family, one by one, goes to Jerry's apartment to tell him. Finally Pat comes over and, angry that her family has been meddling in her affairs, leaves. The conflict results in William and Emily getting back together, and after Jerry catches up with Pat's bus, they, too, reunite. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic


Subject
Subject (Major):

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

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