Educating Father (1936)

57-58 mins | Comedy | 10 July 1936

Full page view
HISTORY

The plot summary was based on a dialogue continuity at the USC Department of Special Collections in the Doheny Library. The working title was Once Every Year . In HR production charts, Ernest Palmer is listed as photographer and Matty Kemp, Sam Flint, John Dilson and Richard Brodus are listed as cast members, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. This was the second in the Jones Family series. For additional information in the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Every Saturday Night ... More Less

The plot summary was based on a dialogue continuity at the USC Department of Special Collections in the Doheny Library. The working title was Once Every Year . In HR production charts, Ernest Palmer is listed as photographer and Matty Kemp, Sam Flint, John Dilson and Richard Brodus are listed as cast members, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. This was the second in the Jones Family series. For additional information in the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Every Saturday Night . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13-Jun-36
---
Daily Variety
20 May 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 May 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 36
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Apr 36
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
20 May 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
21 May 36
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
23 May 36
p. 27.
Motion Picture Herald
30 May 36
p. 37.
New York Times
20 Jun 36
p. 22.
Variety
24 Jun 36
p. 45.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Once Every Year
Release Date:
10 July 1936
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 June 1936
Production Date:
6 April--late April 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6509
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
57-58
Length(in feet):
5,300
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2233
SYNOPSIS

At Jack Jones's high school graduation party, John Jones, his father, announces his intent to have his son follow in his footsteps by sending him to pharmacology school. Jack wants to go to aviation school instead, but his chagrined father vows that he won't help Jack along until they can agree on the career path the young man should take. Jack goes to his temporary job at his father's pharmacy and pretends to be ill so that he can meet Jim Courtney, his sister Bonnie's boyfriend, who owns an airplane. At the airfield, Jack's instructor, Eddie Gordon, gives him the chance to fly alone, but Millicent, a flirtatious and mischievous girl who has a crush on Jack, sneaks in the second cockpit. Millicent grabs the controls and throws the plane up and down maniacally, and Jones, in town, sees the plane loop-the-looping overhead. Jones calls the police, and Sheriff Hart informs him that the lunatic flyer was Jack. After a hearty scolding, and then a heart-to-heart talk, Jack promises his father to swear off flying. Jones goes fishing with his buddies and refuses to take a call from Fred Humphrey, his banker, before he leaves town. Humphrey informs Mrs. Jones that a chain of drugstores wants to lease the shop that Jones rents for his business and that their lawyer, Jess Boynton, has made an offer. Because Jones's lease is about to expire, Jack realizes the necessity of reaching his dad in order to save his business and begs Jim to lend him his plane. When Jim refuses, Jack punches him and knocks him unconscious, then takes the airplane and flies ... +


At Jack Jones's high school graduation party, John Jones, his father, announces his intent to have his son follow in his footsteps by sending him to pharmacology school. Jack wants to go to aviation school instead, but his chagrined father vows that he won't help Jack along until they can agree on the career path the young man should take. Jack goes to his temporary job at his father's pharmacy and pretends to be ill so that he can meet Jim Courtney, his sister Bonnie's boyfriend, who owns an airplane. At the airfield, Jack's instructor, Eddie Gordon, gives him the chance to fly alone, but Millicent, a flirtatious and mischievous girl who has a crush on Jack, sneaks in the second cockpit. Millicent grabs the controls and throws the plane up and down maniacally, and Jones, in town, sees the plane loop-the-looping overhead. Jones calls the police, and Sheriff Hart informs him that the lunatic flyer was Jack. After a hearty scolding, and then a heart-to-heart talk, Jack promises his father to swear off flying. Jones goes fishing with his buddies and refuses to take a call from Fred Humphrey, his banker, before he leaves town. Humphrey informs Mrs. Jones that a chain of drugstores wants to lease the shop that Jones rents for his business and that their lawyer, Jess Boynton, has made an offer. Because Jones's lease is about to expire, Jack realizes the necessity of reaching his dad in order to save his business and begs Jim to lend him his plane. When Jim refuses, Jack punches him and knocks him unconscious, then takes the airplane and flies it over the dangerous mountain terrain where Jones and his friends are fishing. Jack finally lands and delivers his message to Jones, who has only a few hours to make it back to Humphrey's office and save his lease. Jones is terrifed about the flight but climbs aboard the plane anyway. He bursts into the bank office at six-o'clock on the dot, the time designated for Boynton to legally take the property, but Boynton has already signed the agreement. Jones observes, however, that the document that Boynton signed in his eagerness is only a bill of sale for hay, as Humphrey had switched the documents in order to stall for Jones's arrival. Jones signs his own lease and asks Jack if he has picked out his aeronautical school yet. +

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

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.