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Pop Always Pays (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 June 1940 (USA)
In addition to his yearly manifest of six 2-reel comedies, Leon Errol always managed to squeeze a few feature-film appearances into his RKO Radio contractual duties. In Pop Always Pays, ... See full synopsis »


Leslie Goodwins, Charles E. Roberts (uncredited)


Charles E. Roberts (screenplay), Arthur J. Beckhard (story)




Complete credited cast:
Leon Errol ... Henry Brewster
Dennis O'Keefe ... Jeff Thompson
Pamela Blake ... Edna Brewster (as Adele Pearce)
Walter Catlett ... Tommy Lane
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Brewster
Tom Kennedy ... Murphy
Robert Middlemass ... Mr. Oberton
Effie Anderson Effie Anderson ... Mary
Erskine Sanford ... John Hayes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cecil Kellaway ... (scenes deleted)
Frank O'Connor ... Policeman (scenes deleted)
Larry Steers ... Salesman (scenes deleted)


In addition to his yearly manifest of six 2-reel comedies, Leon Errol always managed to squeeze a few feature-film appearances into his RKO Radio contractual duties. In Pop Always Pays, Henry Brewster (Errol) disapproves of the romance between his daughter Edna (Adele Pearce, aka Pamela Blake) and local spendthrift Jeff Thompson (Dennis O'Keefe). He finally agrees to give his blessing to the union if Jeff is able to save $1000, whereupon Brewster will match Jeff's thousand with the same amount as a wedding present. Confident that Jeff will never be able to raise that kind of cash, Brewster is decidedly nonplussed when the boy does come up with the necessary funds-especially since Brewster doesn't have his thousand, and isn't likely to ever have it. The film really comes to life whenever Leon Errol shares the screen with his old Ziegfeld Follies cohort Walter Catlett.

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Release Date:

21 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La caida del papá 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?


The $1,000 in 1940 would equate to nearly $17,000 in 2016. See more »


Murphy: Au reservoir. Au reservoir.
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London Bridge is Falling Down
Music by Samuel Hosfeld (1888)
Words by Frank Dumont
Sung a cappella by Leon Errol
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Sometimes funny, sometimes annoying
17 February 2001 | by reve-2See all my reviews

This movie is another one of those "tours de force" for Leon Erroll. He can, at times be a very funny man. Unfortunately, at other times, he is simply nerve wracking and annoying. IMHO it's split about 50-50 in this film. Erroll has promised his daughter and her fiancee that if the fiancee is able to save $1000, he will give them an additional $1000. But, for reasons that are never adequately explained and are rather far fetched, Erroll suddenly becomes cash poor and will not be able to come up with the additional $1000. Of course all of this leads to a series of deceptions and mix ups as Erroll frantically tries to obtain the money without having to tell his family of his financial situation. If you are a fan of Leon Erroll you will probably enjoy this picture. All others should be warned that there are several scenes that will test your' patience and your' nerves. BTW, the family maid and the next door neighbor are both extremely obnoxious and very grating characters.

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