Private Affairs


1h 14m 1940

Brief Synopsis

Amos Bullerton, son of an old Boston family, has chosen for twenty years to remain a "black sheep" rather than submit to the dictation of his staid family. Jane Bullerton, his daughter, finds herself in the same quandary, ordered by her crotchety grandfather, Noble Bullerton, to marry a man she doesn't love.

Film Details

Also Known As
One of the Boston Bullertons
Release Date
Jul 5, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Location
Pasadena, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "One of the Boston Bullertons," by Walton Atwater Green (publication undertermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 14m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Disowned by his patrician father Noble for marrying a commoner, Amos Bullerton leaves Boston for New York, where he becomes the most aristocratic board boy working at a brokerage firm. Amos is suddenly confronted with the family he has not seen in fifteen years when his daughter Jane comes to New York for permission to jilt her Back Bay fiancé Herbert Stanley in order to marry Jimmy Nolan, a law clerk who works in her grandfather's office. At the same time, Amos becomes cab driver Angus McPherson's partner when he is unable to pay his cab fare and Amos suggests that Angus become his driver as well as partner in debt. Things begin to look up for Amos when George Gilkin, an unscrupulous stock broker, decides to exploit the Bullerton name by hiring Amos to run his new Boston office. Returning home to what he hopes will be a triumph, Amos discovers that his name fails to improve the stock business. To create the appearance of Noble's support, Jimmy suggests that Amos throw a big party and then by a ruse, Jimmy drives Noble to the gathering. Noble's presence at the party causes the price of the stock to soar, and Gilkin, impatient for profits, plots to circulate rumors in order to drive the stock down. Learning of Gilkin's treachery, Amos and Angus take him on a wild goose chase to prevent him from reaching the stock market in New York. After making certain that Gilkin is safely locked away in a small New England town, Jimmy and Jane are married and Amos is finally reconciled with his father.

Film Details

Also Known As
One of the Boston Bullertons
Release Date
Jul 5, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Location
Pasadena, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "One of the Boston Bullertons," by Walton Atwater Green (publication undertermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 14m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

The working title of this picture was One of the Boston Bullertons. It was shot partially on location at the E. J. Bradley Estate in Pasadena, CA.