Father's Son (1931)

76-77 mins | Drama | 7 March 1931

Director:

William Beaudine

Cinematographer:

Arthur Miller

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to press notes included in the copyright records, the film had its premiere at the Circle Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana, where civic leaders including Governor Harry G. Leslie gathered in tribute to Booth Tarkington. Tarkington's original screen scenario was entitled "Old Fathers and Young Sons" and was also the basis for the 1941 Warner Bros.' film Fathers and Sons starring Billy Dawson as the son and John Litel as the father. D. Ross Lederman directed. In 1923, First National released the film Boy of Mine, directed by William Beaudine and starring Ben Alexander and Henry B. Walthall, which had a similar plot (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0557). According to the Catalog, however, the source for that film was an unpublished Tarkington story entitled "Boy of Mine." The relationship between the stories has not been determined. ...

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According to press notes included in the copyright records, the film had its premiere at the Circle Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana, where civic leaders including Governor Harry G. Leslie gathered in tribute to Booth Tarkington. Tarkington's original screen scenario was entitled "Old Fathers and Young Sons" and was also the basis for the 1941 Warner Bros.' film Fathers and Sons starring Billy Dawson as the son and John Litel as the father. D. Ross Lederman directed. In 1923, First National released the film Boy of Mine, directed by William Beaudine and starring Ben Alexander and Henry B. Walthall, which had a similar plot (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0557). According to the Catalog, however, the source for that film was an unpublished Tarkington story entitled "Boy of Mine." The relationship between the stories has not been determined.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
16 Nov 1930
p. 10
MPN
4-Oct-30
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New York Times
21 Feb 1931
p. 15
Variety
25 Feb 1931
p. 22
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 March 1931
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Indianapolis: 20 Feb 1931; New York opening: week of 20 Feb 1931
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
4 March 1931
LP2051
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76-77
Length(in feet):
7,020
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

William Emory is constantly punishing his young son Bill for harmless childish behavior. After annoying his father, Bill is ordered to stay in the yard, but when Bill sees the boy next door robbing a bird's nest, he is moved to fight with him. Another time, Bill rides past the bank where his father is in conference, and loudly pretends to be a junk man. Finally William's excessive discipline forces Bill to run away. After he is brought back home by Dr. Franklin, the family doctor, his mother Ruth moves out of the house, taking Bill with her. Gradually, William's loneliness forces him to reconsider his actions and he asks his family to return. Forgiving him, they are reunited, and now William enjoys a close relationship with ...

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William Emory is constantly punishing his young son Bill for harmless childish behavior. After annoying his father, Bill is ordered to stay in the yard, but when Bill sees the boy next door robbing a bird's nest, he is moved to fight with him. Another time, Bill rides past the bank where his father is in conference, and loudly pretends to be a junk man. Finally William's excessive discipline forces Bill to run away. After he is brought back home by Dr. Franklin, the family doctor, his mother Ruth moves out of the house, taking Bill with her. Gradually, William's loneliness forces him to reconsider his actions and he asks his family to return. Forgiving him, they are reunited, and now William enjoys a close relationship with Bill.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic


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