Harold Teen


1h 6m 1934

Brief Synopsis

A young reporter saves a small-town bank from ruin.

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Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Apr 7, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the comic strip "Harold Teen" by Carl Ed, distributed by Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate (1919--1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Harold Teen, a recent high school graduate, writes a column for the local newspaper. He is in love with Lillums Lovewell, a high school senior. Harold is continually making mistakes to the despair of his editor. After he spends all his money buying a bottle of perfume as a graduation present for Lillums, Harold's car is repossessed and he is so distracted that he walks by a newsworthy accident without noticing. Then at the prom, Lillums and Harold quarrel about his bad dancing. Harold sends away for correspondence dancing lessons and partially redeems himself with his boss by interviewing Mr. Snatcher, the new head of the bank. Harold takes Lillums canoeing, but makes her angry again, and they upset the canoe. Lillums wades out to the road, where Snatcher drives by and offers her a lift home. Snatcher finds Lillums charming and begins to woo her with flowers. Harold brings Lillums his own small bunch of flowers in apology and embellishes them by telling her how much he loves her, but the couple ends up quarreling again. When she hears that her father is dating a younger woman, Snatcher's daughter Mimi shows up in town, determined to prevent their marriage. While she is in town, Mimi organizes the other young people, and they hire Ed Rathburn, the man who wrote Harold's book on dancing, to help them put on a theatrical show. At first Mimi is made leading lady because of her father's importance, but when Snatcher suggests that Lillums play the part, Rathburn eagerly agrees. Finally, everyone is content with the decision to have two leading ladies. When Pa Lovewell tells Lillums he cannot afford the cost of her wedding dress costume, Snatcher makes her a gift of the dress, saying he hopes she will be able to use it again soon. Mimi is upset by the gesture and leaves the show to talk to her father, who agrees that Lillums is too young to be Mimi's stepmother. In Mimi's absence, Harold is forced to save the show and demonstrates his new dancing ability. At the end of the show, Harold and Lillums get married, and Snatcher clears Pa's loan with the bank as a wedding present.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Apr 7, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the comic strip "Harold Teen" by Carl Ed, distributed by Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate (1919--1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

Film Daily notes that this film was stage dancer Hal Le Roy's first feature. Carl Ed's comic strip was the basis for a 1928 First National film, also entitled Harold Teen, which was directed by Mervyn Le Roy and starred Arthur Lake and Mary Brian (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2326). Modern sources credit Robert Lord as supervisor.