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His Family Tree (1935)

Approved | | Comedy | 29 September 1935 (USA)
When his son doesn't respond to his many letters, Patrick Murphy decides to leave Ireland and visit his son in America. But upon arriving in Center City Patrick discovers that his son, who ... See full summary »


Charles Vidor


Patrick Kearney (play), Harry Wagstaff Gribble (play) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
James Barton ... Patrick 'Bosun' Murphy
Margaret Callahan ... Elinor Murfree - aka Murphy
Jack Randall ... Mike Donovan (as Addison Randall)
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Nellie Oulihan (as Maureen Delany)
William Harrigan ... Charles Murfree - aka Murphy
Marjorie Gateson ... Margaret 'Maggie' Murfree - aka Murphy
Phillip Trent ... Dudley Weatherby (as Clifford Jones)
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Bat Gilligan
Herman Bing ... Mr. 'Stony' Stonehill
Pat Moriarity Pat Moriarity ... Terrence 'Terry' Gilligan (as Pat Moriarty)
Charles Coleman ... Hopkins
Ferdinand Munier ... Mayor John J. Holtsapple
Orville Caldwell ... Julius - Mayor's Henchman
William Lemuels William Lemuels ... Brannigan
Mrs. James Barton Mrs. James Barton ... Irish Dancer


When his son doesn't respond to his many letters, Patrick Murphy decides to leave Ireland and visit his son in America. But upon arriving in Center City Patrick discovers that his son, who is running for Mayor, has changed the family name to Murfree. After his daughter-in-law makes it clear that the old gent's Celtic influence isn't welcome at the Murfree home, Patrick realizes that it is up to him to restore his son's pride in his Irish heritage. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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There's a kick in the name of Murphy...no matter how you spell it! (original poster)




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Release Date:

29 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Árbol genealógico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an establishing shot, the legend is shown reading - POST OFFICE - CENTER CITY - IOWA and a date given in roman numerals - MXlXlll - which is impossible. See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played by Ray Mayer on piano at the end
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a lot of blarney
10 August 2005 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

I have seen all sorts of ethnic films but never an ethnic Irish film.I have to say that most of this film just went straight over my head.It probably made sense in its day.I just could not understand what was the importance of the spelling of the candidates name and why it should have any effect on whether or not he should be elected.The tap dancing was quite enjoyable but that was about as far as it goes.Although clearly meant as a B feature it had little of the vigour of a typical Warners film.Also at least in a Warners film you would get well known faces such as Frank McHugh or Pat O'Brien,here i did not recognise one face.So if you are not Irish or of Irish origin,don't bother.

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