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AFFAIRS OF CAPPY RICKS (1937
 

AFFAIRS OF CAPPY RICKS (1937

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Producer :
Burt Kelly
Directed by : Ralph Staub
Starring : Walter Brennan.... Cappy Ricks
Mary Brian.... Frankie Ricks
Lyle Talbot.... Bill Peck
William B. Davidson.... Waldo Bottomley Sr.

Writing credits : Lester Coyle



In a career spanning 26 years, Ralph Staub directed 132 movies. Affairs of Cappy Ricks was his 25th movie as director, and is a humorous story of an old seadog who wants to teach his daughters a lesson or two about life.




THE PLOT : When Cappy Ricks (Walter Brennan), a seasoned sea captain returns home unexpectedly, he finds that his house has been taken over by the bossy Mrs. Peasely (Georgia Caine). He also learns that she has joined hands with his rival, Waldo Bottomley Sr. (William B. Davidson). As if that isnt enough, Cappys daughters, Frankie (Mary Brian) and Ellen (Phyllis Barry), wish to marry against his wish. This is all Cappy can take. He sets off on a cruise in his trusted sailboat "Gloria Ricks" with his daughters Frankie and Ellen, Bill Peck, Mrs. Peasley and her son Matt . Nobody suspects that the wily Cappy has a very different plan in mind!




EDITORIAL REVIEW : This movie from the 30s has an unusual plot - a father marooning his young daughters on a lonely, uninhabited Pacific island just to put some sense into their pretty heads! The portrayal of the daughters is done with a lot of sensitivity and is quite realistic. Their refusal to marry the chaps they were originally engaged to is quite characteristic of young girls who are easily swayed by glamour and riches. The familys sojourn on the island is filled with humorous episodes and some emotional moments when Matt Peasley and Will Peck try to win back their ladyloves. The role of an old sea dog seems to have been written with Walter Brennon in mind, and he carries his part as captain and domineering patriarch pretty well. Georgia Caines portrayal of a protective and dominating parent has a true-life quality about it and also generates a few laughs. Sometimes emotional and sometimes humorous, the movie keeps you engrossed throughout its viewing. The scenes showing the sailboat "Gloria Ricks" riding the waves proudly is evidence of the outstanding abilities of Ralph Staub as a director. Dont miss this hilariously philosophical movie, which will keep you fascinated and amused till the end!
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