The Law of Contact

Happiness C.O.D. (October 15, 1935)

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Happiness C.O.D.
 

Released on October 15, 1935: (running time 1 hour and 9 minutes) A family facing financial ruin discovers that together they can find everything that they need to be happy, including plenty of money.

Produced by George R. Batcheller

Directed by Charles Lamont

The Actors: Maude Eburne (Aunt Addie), Donald Meek (Thomas Sherridan), Irene Ware (Carroll Sherridan), William Bakewell (Ken Sherridan), Polly Ann Young (Eleanor, secretary), Lona Andre (Beatrice Manning), Frank Coghlan Jr. (Larry Sherridan), Malcolm McGregor (Jim Martin), Edwin Maxwell (Lester Walsh), Robert McKenzie (Sam Townsend), Fred Sumner (Mr. Manning), Richard Carlyle (Reverend Huxley), John Dilson (Snyder), Lionel Backus (taxi cab driver), Richard Cramer (delivery man), Jack Shutta (express man), Harry Strang (delivery man)

 
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Making a Fortune by Cheating

One Saturday morning I was working on a movie review when my phone rang. A retired real estate developer from Dallas, Texas was calling me, to thank me for sharing the music of his very famous big-band leader father. He told me a bit about his experiences in construction as the great city of Dallas grew over the past decades. While explaining some of the challenges when dealing with suburb officials, he mentioned times when he tried to convince a city council to pay for a new and better grade of concrete for their sidewalks. He explained that sometimes they would only agree to pay for the cheapest grade of concrete, and he believed in the better grade of concrete so much that he used it anyway, paying the extra cost out of his own pockets. He wanted the homes in his developments to have the best sidewalks possible.

In this Great Depression adventure, we will experience the opposite. Donald Meek is Tom Sheridan, a widower with three grown children, sharing his home with his old-maid sister. He owns a construction company in Toledo, Ohio, and business isn’t booming. Fortunately, he is about to begin building the new city hospital, and money will be flowing in, allowing his family to spend money in the style that they have become accustomed to.

Unfortunately, the man who holds the mortgage on Tom’s home has become partners with the cement contractor for the new hospital. He forces Tom to allow cheaper cement to be used than is being paid for, and as a reward for cheating on the contract, his home will be paid off, and he will get a slice of the money saved. If Tom goes along with the scheme, he will carry the deceit in his heart for the rest of his life, but if he refuses to cheat on the contract, he will lose his home and his business. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Donald Meek
Donald Meek
Donald Meek and Edwin Maxwell
Donald Meek and Edwin Maxwell
Donald Meek and Maude Eburne
Donald Meek and Maude Eburne
Donald Meek and Maude Eburne
Donald Meek and Maude Eburne
Donald Meek
Donald Meek
Edwin Maxwell
Edwin Maxwell
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Irene Ware
Irene Ware
Irene Ware
Irene Ware
Irene Ware and Malcolm McGregor
Irene Ware and Malcolm McGregor
Irene Ware and Maude Eburne
Irene Ware and Maude Eburne
Irene Ware and William Bakewell
Irene Ware and William Bakewell
Irene Ware
Irene Ware
Lona Andre
Lona Andre
Malcolm McGregor
Malcolm McGregor
Malcolm McGregor
Malcolm McGregor
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne
Polly Ann Young and Irene Ware
Polly Ann Young and Irene Ware
Polly Ann Young and Donald Meek
Polly Ann Young and Donald Meek
Richard Carlyle as Reverend Huxley
Richard Carlyle as Reverend Huxley
Robert McKenzie as building contractor Sam Townsend
Robert McKenzie as building contractor Sam Townsend
William Bakewell
William Bakewell
William Bakewell
William Bakewell