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The Keeper of the Bees (1935)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 15 July 1935 (USA)
A severely traumatized World War I veteran, believing that he's living on borrowed time, comes upon a peaceful little village and meets an old man called Bee Master and his protégé, Little ... See full summary »

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writers:

Gene Stratton-Porter (novel), Adele Buffington (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Neil Hamilton ... James 'Jamie' Lewis McFarland
Betty Furness ... Molly
Emma Dunn ... Margaret Campbell
Edith Fellows ... Jean Marie Meredith / Little Scout
Hobart Bosworth ... Michael the Bee Master
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Priscilla / Shorty
Marion Shilling ... Louise
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Red
Barbara Bedford ... Nurse
Lafe McKee ... Dr. Grayson
George Cleveland ... Judge
William Worthington ... Colonel
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A severely traumatized World War I veteran, believing that he's living on borrowed time, comes upon a peaceful little village and meets an old man called Bee Master and his protégé, Little Scout, who try to convince him that he has more to live for than he thinks he does. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1935 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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A very, very strange plot...but I liked it.
11 June 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Considering that this was from an ultra-low budget studio (Monogram), it's a surprisingly good film and I enjoyed it quite a bit. However, you should be aware that it has one of the strangest plots I've seen in a film from this era and time and again I was utterly surprised with the direction that the writer chose for the characters.

The film stars Neil Hamilton, a very famous actor of his day but a guy who is almost forgotten today except for those who might recognize him as Commissioner Gordon from the Batman TV show.By the mid-30s, his stock wasn't quite what it had been in the silent and early sound era--and this is probably why he's starring with Monogram. Still, it was a very good showcase for him as he's clearly the star and center of attention throughout the film.

I won't tell too much about the plot, as I want you to be surprised when you watch. However, I'll at least give you the setup. The film begins with Hamilton in a veterans' hospital where he's been for years recuperating from being gassed in WWI. However, he decides to leave and live it up--after all he thinks he only has a few months to live. However, while on his way to Chicago for a good time, he gets diverted to a small town--and his entire life is changed repeatedly. He's a very nice guy and just by doing a few nice things for others, he's rewarded in the most unpredictable of ways.

Other than the fact that some of the film is a bit hard to believe, there wasn't much I didn't like about the movie. Hamilton was great and the plot, though strange, worked well because you liked the characters. Well worth seeing and perhaps deserving to be noticed.


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