Long Lost Father (1934)

62-64 mins | Comedy-drama | 19 January 1934

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HISTORY

According to MPH 's "In the Cutting Room," Robert Gore-Browne co-wrote the screenplay for this film, but his contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. A HR news item announced that Helen Chandler replaced Elizabeth Allan after Allan suffered an ankle injury. Modern sources state that Barrymore was paid $100,000 to act in this production. In order to keep Barrymore's set time to a minimum, all of his scenes, including the close-ups, were shot in succession, according to modern ... More Less

According to MPH 's "In the Cutting Room," Robert Gore-Browne co-wrote the screenplay for this film, but his contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. A HR news item announced that Helen Chandler replaced Elizabeth Allan after Allan suffered an ankle injury. Modern sources state that Barrymore was paid $100,000 to act in this production. In order to keep Barrymore's set time to a minimum, all of his scenes, including the close-ups, were shot in succession, according to modern sources. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
17 Feb 34
p. 3.
HF
14 Oct 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Oct 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Nov 33
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Feb 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
11 Jan 34
pp. 7-8.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Nov 33
p. 60.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Feb 34
pp. 42-43.
New York Times
19 Feb 34
p. 18.
Variety
27 Feb 34
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
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FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Long Lost Father by G. B. Stern (New York, 1933).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"It Isn't So Much That I Wouldn't," words and music by Max Steiner.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 January 1934
Production Date:
mid October--4 November 1933
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
19 January 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4545
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62-64
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When she is summoned to a law office to hear the reading of her aunt Arabella's will, London nightclub singer Lindsey Lane runs into her father, Carl Bellairs, whom she hasn't seen or heard from since childhood. Carl, a nightclub manager, raconteur and former confidence man, fails to recognize his head-strong daughter and, after flirting with her, is soundly rebuffed. To the consternation of both, neither Carl nor Lindsey is bequeathed more than a pound and a shilling by the will, which ridicules them for their mutually irresponsible behavior. Later, however, when Sir Tony Gelding, the owner of Carl's nightclub, hires Lindsey to perform during happy hour, Carl protests her drinking and her interest in Gelding and his fashionable friends, unaware that she is deliberately coaxing and manipulating his paternal feelings. Then Carl advises a drunk Dr. Bill Strong, Lindsey's American fiancé, to be tough with Lindsey and bring her back from Lord George Vivian's home, where she and Gelding have been gambling. Although Bill orders Lindsey to leave with him, she persuades him to join her in a treasure hunt, which has been organized by Lord Vivian. As part of the treasure hunt, Lindsey and Bill must find, among other items, an old woman and "the seat of the mighty." After hiring Mrs. Gamp, an old flower vendor, Lindsey sneaks into Gelding's apartment and steals his trousers to present as the "seat of the mighty." While Lindsey and Bill are procuring the last item, Mrs. Gamp discovers £1,200 in Gelding's trousers and runs away with it. When Lindsey returns to Lord Vivian's party, Gelding accuses her of the theft and fires her ... +


When she is summoned to a law office to hear the reading of her aunt Arabella's will, London nightclub singer Lindsey Lane runs into her father, Carl Bellairs, whom she hasn't seen or heard from since childhood. Carl, a nightclub manager, raconteur and former confidence man, fails to recognize his head-strong daughter and, after flirting with her, is soundly rebuffed. To the consternation of both, neither Carl nor Lindsey is bequeathed more than a pound and a shilling by the will, which ridicules them for their mutually irresponsible behavior. Later, however, when Sir Tony Gelding, the owner of Carl's nightclub, hires Lindsey to perform during happy hour, Carl protests her drinking and her interest in Gelding and his fashionable friends, unaware that she is deliberately coaxing and manipulating his paternal feelings. Then Carl advises a drunk Dr. Bill Strong, Lindsey's American fiancé, to be tough with Lindsey and bring her back from Lord George Vivian's home, where she and Gelding have been gambling. Although Bill orders Lindsey to leave with him, she persuades him to join her in a treasure hunt, which has been organized by Lord Vivian. As part of the treasure hunt, Lindsey and Bill must find, among other items, an old woman and "the seat of the mighty." After hiring Mrs. Gamp, an old flower vendor, Lindsey sneaks into Gelding's apartment and steals his trousers to present as the "seat of the mighty." While Lindsey and Bill are procuring the last item, Mrs. Gamp discovers £1,200 in Gelding's trousers and runs away with it. When Lindsey returns to Lord Vivian's party, Gelding accuses her of the theft and fires her after threatening Carl with a scandal. To help Lindsey, with whom he has now grown close, Carl and waiter Spot Hawkins, a former partner-in-crime, execute the same betting scam they had perfected years before in Australia, and cheat an unsuspecting Gelding out of £1,200. Carl, who had promised Lindsey the money on condition that she marry Bill and settle down, delivers the cash to his daughter, then sets sail with Spot, one step ahead of the police. +

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