The Quitter (February 5, 1934)
Released on February 5, 1934: A single mother who raised two boys and built a successful newspaper discovers that her husband is not dead.
Produced by George R. Batcheller Jr.
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Written by Robert Ellis
The Actors: Charley Grapewin (Ed Tilford), Emma Dunn (Cordelia Tilford), William Bakewell (Russell Tilford), Barbara Weeks (Diana Winthrop), Hale Hamilton (Major Stephen Winthrop), Glen Boles (Eddie Tilford), Mary Kornman (Annabelle Hibbs), Lafe McKee (Zack), Aggie Herring (Hannah), Jane Keckley (Sister Hooten), Edward LeSaint (John Travers), Edmund Burns (unknown), John Elliott (advertiser), Frank LaRue (townsman), Phillips Smalley (banker Graham)
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Papa was a Rolling Stone, or Who's Your Daddy?
The young fellow meets a pretty young girl and they get hitched quickly and have a couple of baby boys. Then the father goes off to war and dies . . . . Leaving mama to raise her two boys without a father. Mama Tilford scratched, scraped and suffered through many years filled with poverty and need, and she struggled to build a small weekly newspaper in a Chicago suburb, and the bad days are behind her. . . . Maybe. As we join Mama and her two boys we discover that she has built the small newspaper into a profitable business and she has a beautiful home, two grown boys, a housekeeper, and enough money to buy her boys anything that they desire.
As our adventure opens we discover that older son Russell wants a new car and Mama is ready to buy him one. Younger son Eddie is a couple of years younger than big brother Russell, and he is an angry young man, wanting to break free from the bonds of home life and get out into the big wild world, because, like many young fellows, he thinks he has all the answers.
Young Eddie wants the family car tonight to go driving with his girlfriend, but older brother Russell will be using the car and Eddie must stay home. Eddie stomps out of the house in anger and frustration, and Mama Tilford asks Zack to follow Eddie and calm him down. Zack is an old family friend who was good friends with her dead husband when they were much younger. Now Zack helps in the small newspaper setting type and running the press.
Zack finds Eddie and takes him to the small diner where he buys Eddie dinner and they chat about life. Eddie calms down and is ready to go back home, but Zack stays to finish his dinner. As old Zack is finishing his dinner a old, dusty tramp wearing tattered and dirty clothing slowly enters the diner and sits next to Zack. The tramp asks for a cup of coffee and two donuts, quietly telling the counter man that he has enough money to pay for the coffee and donuts. Zack turns and asks the old tramp to pass the sugar bowl, and their eyes meet. . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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