What Happened to Father (1927)

Comedy | 25 June 1927

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HISTORY

The 7 Jul 1926 Var reported that Lloyd Bacon would be directing What Happened to Father, and that George Sydney and Vera Gordon were "engaged for leading roles." However, none of them were listed in final credits.
       Mary Roberts Rinehart's short story previously had been used as the basis of the 1915 Vitagraph film of the same title, directed by C. Jay Williams and starring Frank Daniels and Bernice Berner (see ... More Less

The 7 Jul 1926 Var reported that Lloyd Bacon would be directing What Happened to Father, and that George Sydney and Vera Gordon were "engaged for leading roles." However, none of them were listed in final credits.
       Mary Roberts Rinehart's short story previously had been used as the basis of the 1915 Vitagraph film of the same title, directed by C. Jay Williams and starring Frank Daniels and Bernice Berner (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
26 Jun 1927.
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Variety
7 Jul 1926
p. 13.
Variety
29 Jun 1927
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "What Happened to Father?" by Mary Roberts Rinehart in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine (Sep 1909).
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 June 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 June 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24106
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,567
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bradberry, an absentminded student of Egyptian lore, is cowed by an ambitious wife who plans her daughter's marriage to Victor Smith, a man of wealth and social standing, while Betty actually loves Tommy Dawson. Secretly, father becomes successful as the author of a musical comedy under a nom de plume. On the day before the wedding, Bradberry is summoned by the producer of his latest play to the dress rehearsal; unused to society, he is confused and dazzled by the backstage glamour and is vamped by Gloria, a fast-stepping dancer. At her mother's insistence, Betty has a detective put on the case who poses as a waiter. Father discovers that the backer, Smith, is his daughter's fiancé and returns home in time to assert his authority by marrying Betty to ... +


Bradberry, an absentminded student of Egyptian lore, is cowed by an ambitious wife who plans her daughter's marriage to Victor Smith, a man of wealth and social standing, while Betty actually loves Tommy Dawson. Secretly, father becomes successful as the author of a musical comedy under a nom de plume. On the day before the wedding, Bradberry is summoned by the producer of his latest play to the dress rehearsal; unused to society, he is confused and dazzled by the backstage glamour and is vamped by Gloria, a fast-stepping dancer. At her mother's insistence, Betty has a detective put on the case who poses as a waiter. Father discovers that the backer, Smith, is his daughter's fiancé and returns home in time to assert his authority by marrying Betty to Dawson. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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