The Very Idea (1929)

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A Eugenics expert convinces his sister and her husband, a barren couple, to adopt the offspring of his carefully selected "thoroughbreds": the family's chauffeur and maid who themselves are engaged.

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20 October 2014 | wes-connors
| Let's Make a Baby Deal
Wealthy writer Frank Craven (as Alan Camp) is a believer in eugenics (defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis"). After publishing a book on the topic, Mr. Craven wants to help his sister and her husband have a baby. The couple has been trying to start a family for years, with no luck. Craven believes his driver Hugh Trevor (as Joe Garvin) is a perfect male specimen. He is engaged to very beautiful maid Sally Blane (as Nora Tracy). The exceptionally attractive couple have not yet married because Ms. Blane wants to be a supported housewife...

Craven approaches Mr. Trevor with his proposal. For $15,000, the handsome chauffeur is to impregnate the pretty maid. Then, he must give the baby to Craven's brother-in-law Allen Kearns and his wife Doris Eaton (as Gilbert and Edith Goodhue). The latter couple will go to California for a year, then return for their child. Trevor and Blane jump at the deal. One year later, the cast reassembles. Naturally, things do not go according to plan. There is a very long set-up to the comic highlight, but the last act is very funny. "The Very Idea" is a fine (and inoffensive) adaptation of William LeBaron's stage play, brought to the screen by Mr. LeBaron with actor/directors Richard Rosson and Craven managing the players. Longing to hear "the patter of little feet," Broadway stage actor Kearns is particularly memorable.

****** The Very Idea (9/15/29) Frank Craven, Richard Rosson ~ Frank Craven, Allen Kearns, Hugh Trevor, Sally Blane


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15 September 1929



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