Educating Father


59m 1936

Film Details

Also Known As
Once Every Year
Release Date
Jul 10, 1936
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jun 1936
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
5,300ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

At Jack Jones's high school graduation party, John Jones, his father, announces his intent to have his son follow in his footsteps by sending him to pharmacology school. Jack wants to go to aviation school instead, but his chagrined father vows that he won't help Jack along until they can agree on the career path the young man should take. Jack goes to his temporary job at his father's pharmacy and pretends to be ill so that he can meet Jim Courtney, his sister Bonnie's boyfriend, who owns an airplane. At the airfield, Jack's instructor, Eddie Gordon, gives him the chance to fly alone, but Millicent, a flirtatious and mischievous girl who has a crush on Jack, sneaks in the second cockpit. Millicent grabs the controls and throws the plane up and down maniacally, and Jones, in town, sees the plane loop-the-looping overhead. Jones calls the police, and Sheriff Hart informs him that the lunatic flyer was Jack. After a hearty scolding, and then a heart-to-heart talk, Jack promises his father to swear off flying. Jones goes fishing with his buddies and refuses to take a call from Fred Humphrey, his banker, before he leaves town. Humphrey informs Mrs. Jones that a chain of drugstores wants to lease the shop that Jones rents for his business and that their lawyer, Jess Boynton, has made an offer. Because Jones's lease is about to expire, Jack realizes the necessity of reaching his dad in order to save his business and begs Jim to lend him his plane. When Jim refuses, Jack punches him and knocks him unconscious, then takes the airplane and flies it over the dangerous mountain terrain where Jones and his friends are fishing. Jack finally lands and delivers his message to Jones, who has only a few hours to make it back to Humphrey's office and save his lease. Jones is terrifed about the flight but climbs aboard the plane anyway. He bursts into the bank office at six-o'clock on the dot, the time designated for Boynton to legally take the property, but Boynton has already signed the agreement. Jones observes, however, that the document that Boynton signed in his eagerness is only a bill of sale for hay, as Humphrey had switched the documents in order to stall for Jones's arrival. Jones signs his own lease and asks Jack if he has picked out his aeronautical school yet.

Film Details

Also Known As
Once Every Year
Release Date
Jul 10, 1936
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jun 1936
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
5,300ft (6 reels)

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Notes

The plot summary was based on a dialogue continuity at the USC Department of Special Collections in the Doheny Library. The working title was Once Every Year. In Hollywood Reporter production charts, Ernest Palmer is listed as photographer and Matty Kemp, Sam Flint, John Dilson and Richard Brodus are listed as cast members, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. This was the second in the Jones Family series. For additional information in the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry below for Every Saturday Night.