Mary Jane's Pa (1935)

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Sam Preston is a small-town newspaper publisher who suffers from wanderlust. Leaving his family (wife Ellen, two daughters and a son,) he thinks well-provided for, he packs a suitcase and ... See full summary »


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8 April 2015 | MartinHafer
7
| Far from perfect but enjoyable.
Sam (Guy Kibbee) is an irresponsible jerk who has 'itchy feet'. His desire to see the world is so great that he decides to leave his family. However, he's not 100% rotten and he leaves a lot of stocks for them so that they'll be okay financially.

Over a decade passes and Sam is curious about his old family. However, when he returns to his old town, he finds that it's practically a ghost town and the old newspaper they owned is gone. Eventually, he does locate the family--but he doesn't plan on moving back--he just wants to see them. Well, that's his plan at first....but after a while he decides to stick around a bit longer-- especially as his wife's new newspaper is endorsing a man Sam doesn't trust.

This is one of many pairings of Guy Kibbee with Aline MacMahon who plays the long-suffering wife. They worked well together and the film is enjoyable...but it has a basic weakness because Sam is a rather nice but also VERY despicable guy. But somehow it works despite this....

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