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3 Kids and a Queen (1935)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 21 October 1935 (USA)
A wealthy woman is taken in by three slum kids when she falls out of her carriage and hurts herself when her horse spooks.

Director:

Edward Ludwig

Writers:

Harry Poppe (story) (as Harry H. Poppe), Chester Beecroft (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
May Robson ... Mary Jane 'Queenie' Baxter
Charlotte Henry ... Julia Orsatti
Bill Burrud ... Doc (as Billy Burrud)
Frankie Darro ... Blackie
Henry Armetta ... Tony Orsatti
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Flash
Herman Bing ... Walter Merkin
Lawrence Grant ... Wilfred Edgar
Lillian Harmer ... Elmira Wiggins
Henry Kolker ... Crippets
John Miljan ... Boss Benton
Hale Hamilton ... Ralph
Noel Madison ... Stanley
Tom Dugan ... Bill
Irving Pichel ... Kraft
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Storyline

An eccentric, wealthy spinster, 'Queenie' Baxter (May Robson) is erroneously presumed to be kidnapped. She subsequently pretends to indeed be kidnapped, , in order to allow a reward of $50,000 to benefit an impecunious family headed by Tony Orsatti (Henry Armetta) and his three sons, Blackie (Frankie Darro), Doc (Billy Burrurd) and Flash (Billy Benedict). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apuros de Armetta See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Mary Jane Baxter is loosely based on the famous female miser and tycoon, Hetty Green. See more »

Connections

Remade as Little Miss Big (1946) See more »

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A Most Enjoyable May Robson Film!
12 July 2011 | by dennisleeclevenSee all my reviews

May Robson was a truly fine actress. I really like this film and I highly recommend it. It doesn't matter to me if it seems to be "Capra-esque" or seem to try to be like a Damon Runyan story. I prefer to focus on this film as if I hadn't seen "Lady For a Day" or her first film, "Mother's Millions". I do enjoy it when May Robson is the star of the film as she is in this one. She is first cantankerous but one need only to look at her family to see why she is lonely. Films are still made that borrow from previous successful films. What made this fresh for me are the boys who are bound for troubled life until they meet May Robson whom they call "Queenie" and even the "Old Battle-Ax". Frankie Darro gives an excellent performance and is a real asset to the film. The gangster connection adds a fresh and believable aspect to this film. Yes, there are aspects to the story that are rather hard to believe, but the characters portrayed by May Robson and the children make this film charming. It does get sentimental but it is still a very enjoyable film. May Robson was a joy on screen, much like Alison Skipworth and the great Marie Dressler. I am glad to have this film and, despite any flaws, it has action, comedy and it is heart-warming.


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