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The Merry Frinks (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 26 May 1934 (USA)
An under-appreciated mother inherits a fortune and abandons her family.


Alfred E. Green


Gene Markey (story), Kathryn Scola (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Aline MacMahon ... Hattie 'Mom' Frink
Guy Kibbee ... Uncle Newt Frink
Hugh Herbert ... Joe 'Poppa' Frink
Allen Jenkins ... Emmett Frink
Helen Lowell ... Amelia 'Grandma' Frink
Joan Wheeler Joan Wheeler ... Lucille Frink
Frankie Darro ... Norman Frink
Ivan Lebedeff ... Ramon Alvarez
Harold Huber ... Benny Lopez
Louise Beavers ... Camille, Hattie's Maid
Maidel Turner ... Mrs. Shinliver
Harry Beresford ... Mr. J. Harold Brumby
Harry C. Bradley ... Dr. Shinliver
James Bush ... Oliver Gilfin
Charles Coleman ... Witherspoon
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An under-appreciated mother inherits a fortune and abandons her family.

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THEY'RE ALL NUTS-OUT ON A LIMB OF THEIR FAMILY TREE! (Print Ad-Free Lance-Star, ((Fredericksburg, Va.)) 7 September 1934) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Hattie's inheritance would equate to over $9.7M in 2019. See more »


Lucille Frink: There's no use trying to stop me. Mr. Lopez and I were meant for each other. We're soul mates.
Joe 'Poppa' Frink: You are. How many soul mates does this guy got?
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Let It Be Me
Music by Allie Wrubel
Played during the scene with Hattie in her new apartment
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A 10 just for the opening twenty minutes alone.
12 December 2019 | by thehumphreyshouseholdSee all my reviews

This film is hilarious. It loses a little about half way through, but the opening 20 minutes with the disfunctional family is downright hilarious. This pre *Roseanne" family is something you never saw in old Holltwo6od films. Dad is a drunk, the son is a juvenile delinquent, daughter is an ungreatful brat, the brother is an angry communust, grandma is a foul mouthed sneaky drunk who is always lobbing insults and fighting with the teenager. Then throw in Guy Kibbee, the long lost uncle who decides to move in with them. Finally, we have mom. A contrast to them all A total sweetheart who is constantly doing nice things for the family she loves. This is a must see.

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