Meet the Missus (1940)

64 or 68 mins | Comedy | 29 November 1940

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HISTORY

This is the first of two Higgins Family films to star Roscoe Karns, Ruth Donnelly, Spencer Charters and George Ernest. Lois Ranson was the only member of the cast to have appeared in earlier entries in the series. James, Lilian and Russell Gleason, who had starred in all of the previous Higgins Family pictures, were released from their contracts by Republic following their last Higgins Family picture Earl of Puddlestone (see above). HR news items noted that Republic at first contemplated retaining Harry Davenport and Maude Eburne to reprise their roles as "Grandpa" and "Ella Jones," but they were replaced by Spencer Charters and Polly Moran. For additional information on the series, please See Entry for The Higgins Family and consult the Series ... More Less

This is the first of two Higgins Family films to star Roscoe Karns, Ruth Donnelly, Spencer Charters and George Ernest. Lois Ranson was the only member of the cast to have appeared in earlier entries in the series. James, Lilian and Russell Gleason, who had starred in all of the previous Higgins Family pictures, were released from their contracts by Republic following their last Higgins Family picture Earl of Puddlestone (see above). HR news items noted that Republic at first contemplated retaining Harry Davenport and Maude Eburne to reprise their roles as "Grandpa" and "Ella Jones," but they were replaced by Spencer Charters and Polly Moran. For additional information on the series, please See Entry for The Higgins Family and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30-Aug-40
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Film Daily
25 Nov 40
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Aug 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 40
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Sep 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Sep 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 40
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Nov 40
p. 49.
New York Times
15-Sep-40
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Variety
18 Dec 40
p. 22.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
29 November 1940
Production Date:
began 20 September 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10222
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64 or 68
Length(in feet):
5,954
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6739
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

It is Valentine's Day and the Higgins family prepares for their annual celebration. Their merriment is interrupted, however, when father Joe Higgins receives a call from his boss, Mr. Simpson, telling him that Sidney, Joe's son and Simpson's newest employee, has not delivered $5,000 in negotiable securities. Joe assures Simpson that Sid will deliver the bonds in the morning, but a frantic search reveals that Sid has lost them. The papers have been picked up by the Higginses' little neighbor, Millie Lou, but the child and her dog are shooed out of the house during the chaos. Daughter Betty's lawyer boyfriend, John Williams, warns Sid that he will be sent to jail if he cannot pay for the bonds, so Joe and his wife Lil try to obtain a mortgage on their house the next day. When they cannot get the loan that day, the family pressures Grandpa Ed Carson to get the money by marrying a wealthy widow, Ella Jones, who has been pursuing him for a long time, much to his dismay. Grandpa writes Ella a love letter in which he proposes, but before he delivers it, Joe tells him that the loan might come through. Millie Lou again tries to be helpful by giving the letter to Ella, and when Grandpa attempts to explain that he has no desire to marry her, Ella threatens to sue him for breach of promise. John advises Grandpa that he must either retrieve the letter or pay the damages, and so Grandpa and Joe sneak into Ella's apartment building that night to steal the letter. Much confusion ensues, during which Ella retains the ... +


It is Valentine's Day and the Higgins family prepares for their annual celebration. Their merriment is interrupted, however, when father Joe Higgins receives a call from his boss, Mr. Simpson, telling him that Sidney, Joe's son and Simpson's newest employee, has not delivered $5,000 in negotiable securities. Joe assures Simpson that Sid will deliver the bonds in the morning, but a frantic search reveals that Sid has lost them. The papers have been picked up by the Higginses' little neighbor, Millie Lou, but the child and her dog are shooed out of the house during the chaos. Daughter Betty's lawyer boyfriend, John Williams, warns Sid that he will be sent to jail if he cannot pay for the bonds, so Joe and his wife Lil try to obtain a mortgage on their house the next day. When they cannot get the loan that day, the family pressures Grandpa Ed Carson to get the money by marrying a wealthy widow, Ella Jones, who has been pursuing him for a long time, much to his dismay. Grandpa writes Ella a love letter in which he proposes, but before he delivers it, Joe tells him that the loan might come through. Millie Lou again tries to be helpful by giving the letter to Ella, and when Grandpa attempts to explain that he has no desire to marry her, Ella threatens to sue him for breach of promise. John advises Grandpa that he must either retrieve the letter or pay the damages, and so Grandpa and Joe sneak into Ella's apartment building that night to steal the letter. Much confusion ensues, during which Ella retains the letter and has Joe arrested along with Violet Stevens, Ella's beautiful neighbor who was fighting with her boyfriend, Elmer Shillingford, about Joe being in her apartment while he was trying to escape from Ella. Joe and Violet spend the night in jail, and Lil's gossiping friends show her the newspaper headlines about the scandalous incident. Despite the confusion, Violet and Joe convince Elmer and Lil of their innocence, and Elmer even offers to help Joe secure the loan. While Lil tries to persuade Ella to drop her suit against Grandpa, Joe and Violet accidentally become entangled again when her dress gets caught in his car door. As they race to her apartment building to get her another dress, they are spotted by Elmer, Lil, Grandpa and Ella. After a chase in the apartment building, Ella decides to drop her suit because she would never marry into such a crazy family, and Joe and Grandpa escape from their pursuers. Later, Joe and Grandpa are hiding in an igloo near the North Pole, when they hear on the radio that Sid has found the bonds, all has been forgiven by Lil and the family is awaiting their return. +

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