In The Money (November 7, 1933)
Released on November 7, 1933: A free spending family during the Great Depression loses their fortune and must find a way to earn money.
Directed by Frank R. Strayer
Written by Robert Ellis.
The Actors: Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher (Spunk Hobbs), Lois Wilson (Mary 'Lambie' Higginbottom), Warren Hymer (Gunboat Bimms), Sally Starr (Babs Higginbottom), Arthur Hoyt (Professor Higginbottom), Frank Coghlan Jr. (Dick Higginbottom), Erin La Bissoniere (Genie, motorcycle shop owner), Harold Waldridge (Lionel), Louise Beavers (Lily), Henry Hall (club member), Hal Price (club member), Larry Steers (club member).
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Bankrupt during the Great Depression
My grandfather, David Moses 'Pap' Berkey farmed a large area with his brother John in the early 1900's. Youngstown, Ohio was growing quickly because of all the steel mills and there was a great need for a reliable water supply. The powers-that-be purchased their farm land as part of the Meander Reservoir for the Mahoning Valley, and suddenly they had plenty of cash, but no income stream from the farm. A banker suggested to Pap Berkey that he should leverage his new found cash in real estate. He used a lot of his cash to make down payments on several homes that he would rent - and the rental income would not only pay the mortgages on the homes, but also provide a handsome income for Pap Berkey. All was going well until September 1929 when the stock market crashed and America entered the disastrous years of the Great Depression. Granddad Berkey lost not only his investment rental properties because no one had the money to rent them anymore, but he also lost his own home at a Sherif's sale. Fortunately Darius Berkey, Uncle Delly, my dad's younger brother was able to bid on and purchase the home at a great discount and Grandpa Berkey and Uncle Delly lived there the rest of their lives. That is the environment that this movie, filmed in 1933, is set against. The country and the world are experiencing tough times, but there are still some folks with plenty of money, like the Higgenbottom family. Absent minded Professor Higgenbottom is an inventor earning a ton of money from the dividends of a company he founded. Unfortunately the Great Depression as caused his company to go bankrupt and the family that was accustomed to spending money without thought suddenly needs to come together and discover ways that each of them can contribute to the family well-being. Into this family comes a retired professional boxer Gunboat Bimms and his manager Spunk Hobbs, with the chance to fight the champ and earn a fortune, but the contender wants to quote Shakespeare instead of fight the champ. And then there are the controlling shares of stock of the family chemical company that will go to Lambie Higgenbottom, the oldest girl, when she gets married. With the control of the company maybe they can get the company out of bankruptcy and back into the green. If only there is someone who might fall in love with Lambie . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Arthur Hoyt and Lois Wilson
Arthur Hoyt, Sally Starr and Warren Hymer
Erin La Bissoniere and Frank Coghlan Jr.
Frank Coghlan Jr., Lois Wilson and RIchard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Frank Coghlan Jr., Sally Starr and Warren Hymer
Harold Waldridge as Lionel
Harold Waldridge has breakfast
Lois Wilson and Arthur Hoyt
Lois Wilson and Frank Coghlan Jr.
Lois Wilson as older daughter Mary 'Lambie' Higgenbottom
Louise Beavers as Lily the maid
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher as Spunk Hobbs
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher meets Lois Wilson
Sally Starr and Warren Hymer
Sally Starr as Babs Higginbottom
Warren Hymer as Gunboat Bimms