The Law of Contact

Little Friend (August 24, 1934)

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Little Friend
 

Released on August 24, 1934: A young girl watches her parents' relationship fall apart and she tries everything she can think of to try to get them back together again.

Produced by Robert Stevenson

Directed by Berthold Viertel

The Actors: Matheson Lang (John Hughes), Lydia Sherwood (Helen Hughes), Nova Pilbeam (Felicity Hughes), Arthur Margetson (Hilliard), Jean Cadell (Miss Drew), Jimmy Hanley (Leonard Parry), Gibb McLaughlin (Thompson), Diana Cotton (Maud), Cecil Parker (Mason), Clare Greet (Mrs. Parry), Jack Raine (Jeffries), Finlay Currie (Grove), Robert Nainby (Uncle Ned), Atholl Fleming (Shepherd), Basil Goth (doctor), Charles Childerstone (solicitor), Gerald Kent (butler), Alan Aynesworth (Colonel Amberley), Lewis Casson (the judge), Fritz Kortner (the giant), Hughie Green (young boy), Robert Kay (unknown), Marcelle Rogez (unknown)

 

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The Getting of Wisdom

Papa was a 'holy roller' Pentecostal preacher who always pastored to very small congregations, and he would occasionally say with a smile that God kept him humble and the church board kept him poor. But while I never knew the lifestyle of the wealthy as a child, we were always blessed with an abundance of love and happiness . . . . And in hindsight, I wouldn't change one day of my youth. I was never allowed to go to the movies as a child, and now in my adult life I am still trying to compensate for that loss by watching every old motion picture that I can, enjoying every one of them. There is a gal that writes to me occasionally to correct some of my spelling and other errors on these pages, and I am very grateful for her help. One day recently I opened an e-mail note from her and she put it to me that she had discovered a secret about me . . . . She has decided that I have never seen a movie that I didn't enjoy . . . and that is indeed the deepest secret of my soul . . . I have yet to see a story, no matter how badly produced, directed, or acted, that I did not enjoy . . . But there are some movies that I enjoy less than others, and this, truth be told, is one of them. It was excellently produced, directed and acted, but I am not a big fan of tragedies that don't offer even a glimpse of joy as it unfolds. This is not to say that I wasn't fully engaged in the story, because I was more engaged than normal. I found myself talking to the actors . . . telling them not to do what they were about to do, but they ignored my pleas and did incredibly stupid and destructive things (in my humble opinion). They didn't seem to hear me or understand my pleas, but I kept hoping for wiser choices to come . . . ever hoping, but alas, the dumb deeds continued. It wasn't until late in the story that I finally remembered something that has guided my life . . . As one who has made many more than my share of dumb moves, it has allowed me to watch the rest of this story with a bit more calm attitude. The saying not only has proved true for my life, but it also works in this story: If you would like to have great wisdom, know that Wisdom is the fruit of Experience . . . Experience is the result of mistakes . . . When I make a dastardly mistake, instead of mourning my stupidity, I should reflect on the great wisdom that will grow from it. Now I can pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and anticipate the wisdom that will evolve from so many mistakes.

Arthur Margetson and Lydia Sherwood
Arthur Margetson and Lydia Sherwood
Arthur Margetson
Arthur Margetson
Cecil Parker
Cecil Parker
Clare Greet and Jimmy Hanley
Clare Greet and Jimmy Hanley
Clare Greet
Clare Greet
Fritz Kortner
Fritz Kortner
Gibb McLaughlin
Gibb McLaughlin
Jean Cadell and Lydia Sherwood
Jean Cadell and Lydia Sherwood
Jean Cadell
Jean Cadell
Jimmy Hanley
Jimmy Hanley
Lewis Casson
Lewis Casson
Lydia Sherwood
Lydia Sherwood
Lydia Sherwood
Lydia Sherwood
Matheson Lang and Nova Pilbeam
Matheson Lang and Nova Pilbeam
Matheson Lang
Matheson Lang
Nova Pilbeam
Nova Pilbeam
Nova Pilbeam and Lydia Sherwood
Nova Pilbeam and Lydia Sherwood
Nova Pilbeam and Lidia Sherwood
Nova Pilbeam and Lidia Sherwood
Nova Pilbeam
Nova Pilbeam
Nova Pilbeam
Nova Pilbeam