A Successful Failure
|A Successful Failure|
|Directed by||Arthur Lubin|
|Produced by||George Yohalem|
|Written by||Michael Kane (story)
Marion Orth (writer)
|Music by||Clifford Vaughan|
|Edited by||Jack Ogilvie|
|Distributed by||Monogram Pictures|
Together, they work from their “office”, on a park bench, until Phil can get Ellery a try-out, on a radio spot, as “Uncle Dudley”. The character is a big hit, with his folksy witticisms.
Meanwhile, at home, Ma, Mrs. Cushing (Lucile Gleason), has her hands full with their daughter, Ruth (Gloria Shea), who has spurned Phil’s attentions for an aging Lothario, Jerry (Jameson Thomas). While their oldest son, Robert (William Janney), after turning down a job, has got mixed up with some “Red” rabble-rousers, in the park.
Only their youngest son, Tommy (George P. Breakston), manages to stay out of trouble, doing his homework. Tommy thinks their Dad is alright, even better than “that guy on the radio”, who they don’t know is their father.
It’s only after “Uncle Dudley” gets a concussion, after being hit with a brick, quelling a riot of “Reds”, in the park that his family begin to value his worth, and, Phil’s, if they all live to appreciate it.
- William Collier Sr. as Ellery Cushing aka Uncle Dudley
- Lucile Gleason as Mrs. Cushing
- Russell Hopton as Phil Stardon
- George P. Breakston as Tommy Cushing
- William Janney as Robert Cushing
- Gloria Shea as Ruth Cushing
- Clarence Wilson as H.T. Flintly, News Record Editor
- Jameson Thomas as Jerry Franklin, Ruth's Beau
- Richard Tucker as J.W. Blair, Atlas Broadcasting
The film marked Lucile Gleason's return to movies after a break.
- Schallert, E. (1935, May 28). Negotiations started for filming of "petrified forest" with leslie howard. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/163303169?accountid=13902
- Schallert, E. (1934, Jul 19). Mitzi green, former child star, gets first grown-up role in edward small feature. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/163228568?accountid=13902
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