Big Hearted Herbert/The Merry Frinks [DVD]
- SKU: 18958662
- Release Date: 09/21/2010
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In this odd-ball comedy, a self-sacrificing but eccentric mother attempts to guide her equally eccentric family. She has two sons and a daughter. One son is a communist and the other is a struggling prizefighter. Her daughter is trying to snag a married booking agent to help her break into radio. In addition to watching over her children, the mother must also help her husband find a full-time job. Real trouble comes when her husband's brother dies of indigestion following a big Chinese dinner and leaves her with $500,000 provided that she leave her family. She decides to take the money and run. Fortunately, she eventually decides to come back home. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Big Hearted Herbert
Guy Kibbee trots out his small-town blowhard routine in the title role of Big Hearted Herbert. He plays a former plumber who strikes it rich in the bathroom-fixture manufacturing business (guess which fixture we don't see in this Post-Code film). A stingy soul, Kibbee prefers the company of pinchpennies like himself. Though it's fun to see him tweak the noses of the local big spenders, Kibbee learns the error of his strict parsimony when his wife requires an emergency operation. Based on a play by Sophie Kerr and Anna Steese Richardson, Big Hearted Herbert was remade in 1940 as Father is a Prince. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Aline MacMahon - Mom Frink
- Guy Kibbee - Uncle Newt
- Hugh Herbert - Joe
- Allen Jenkins - Emmett
- Joan Wheeler - Lucille