A Son Comes Home


1h 15m 1936

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 31, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Mary Grady's chowder house is a favorite with locals on the San Francisco docks. Her restaurant's twenty-fifth anniversary is celebrated by her reporter friend Steve, who publishes an article about her. The article questions if Mary's son Denny, who disappeared years before, is still alive. One dark, rainy night Paul Connolly hitches a ride with a stranger, who robs and kills a gas station owner, then escapes. Paul is arrested under suspicion of murder, but having read the article on Mary, Paul tells the police that he is Denny, and although Mary discovers the ruse, she pretends that he is her son and promises to help him find the true killer. Mary posts bail using loan money she obtained by mortgaging her property and brings Paul to the chowder house. Her companion Jo, who is like a daughter to her, is suspicious of Paul until he openly admits he is not Denny. Paul's honesty redeems him, and the chowder house becomes his true home. Paul does not tell Mary when he recognizes a picture of Denny's father and realizes that the murderer is Denny. Meanwhile, Steve finds Denny, now known as Brennan, through the seamen's agency, and discovers that his ship will dock in San Francisco that night. Steve and Mary are allowed access to the ship by the captain, who believes that they are writing a story on sailors. When Steve encounters Denny, he is able to positively identify him by the one odd detail Paul had remembered about him: that he crushes his cigars into his pipe. Steve also finds clothes bought from a store near the gas station where the crime was committed, and he and Mary go to the store and verify Denny's purchase. They return to the ship, and while Mary calls the police, Steve interrogates Denny. Mary interrupts them and discovers to her shock that the murderer is her son. He asks her to help him evade the police, but she refuses and insists he stay and face his punishment. Denny refuses, however, and when he tries to escape, the police kill him. Later, Mary gives her blessings to the union of Jo and Paul, whom she favors as a son.

Cast

Mary Boland

Mary Grady

Julie Haydon

Jo

Donald Woods

[Paul Connolly, also known as] Denny

Wallace Ford

Steve

Roger Imhof

Detective Kennedy

Anthony Nace

[Denny, alias] Brennan

Gertrude W. Hoffman

Effie Wimple

Eleanor Wesselhoeft

Essie Wimple

Charles Middleton

Prosecutor

Thomas Jackson

District Attorney

John Wray

Gasoline station owner

Robert Middlemass

Sheriff

Lee Kohlmar

Proprietor

Herbert Rawlinson

Blayden, defense attorney

George Hassell

Captain

Ann Evers

Nurse

Sherwood Bailey

Jerry

Edgar Dearing

State police officer

Helen Flint

Belle

Jerry Mandy

Tony, waiter

George Chan

Porter

Grace Hale

Tourist mother

Joan Breslau

Girl

Phil Dunham

Father

Russ Powell

Musician

George Humbert

Musician

Kewpie Morgan

Musician

Irene Coleman

Sob sister reporter

Harrison Greene

Reporter

Eddie Fetherston

Reporter

Cyril Ring

Reporter

Philo Mccullough

Reporter

Paddy O'flynn

Reporter

Budd Fine

Guard

Irving Bacon

Hamburger stand proprietor

Ted Oliver

Deputy sheriff

Roger Gray

Clerk in sailor union

Herbert Heywood

Hawkins

Harry Depp

Court stenographer

Robert Homans

Cop

Edgar Sherrod

Priest

A. S. Byron

Reilly

Janet Young

Crying widow

Sydney De Grey

Doctor

Keith Daniels

Italian sailor

Maurice Black

Greek sailor

Sven Borg

Swedish sailor

Constantine Romanoff

Sailor

Sam Bennett

Sailor

David Clyde

Scottish sailor

William Benedict

Cabin boy

Pat West

1st checker player

Alfred P. James

2nd checker player

Joseph Allen

Hoodlum

Leonid Kinskey

Hoodlum

James P. Burtis

Hoodlum

Billy Bletcher

Snoring sailor

James Kilgannon

Kibitzer

Tom O'grady

Reporter

Russell Hopton

Reporter

Emmett Vogan

Teletype operator

Maurice Cass

Schoolteacher

Joseph Sawyer

1st truck driver

Edward Gargan

2nd truck driver

John Northwood

Rosita Butler

Alexander Novinsky

John Northpole

Sol S. Simons

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 31, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Film Length
8 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The Screen Achievements Bulletin notes that the title of Harry Hervey's original story was "Every Mother's Son." According to the M-G-M Story Department card file in the AFI Library, in October 1933, Paramount was planning a film based on an original story entitled "A Son Comes Home" by Julien Josephson. News items in April 1934 stated that Charles Vidor was to direct a film based on this title, Bayard Veiller was to supervise, and John Howard was to be cast in the film, which was to be based on a script by Kubec Glasmon, which, in turn, was based on an adaptation by Adela Rogers Hyland and Marjorie Klein. In May 1935, news items stated that "Every Mother's Son," an original developed on the Paramount lot by Hervey, was purchased and that Pauline Lord would star in the film. In August 1935, news items reported that Hervey and Marguerite Roberts were writing the script to the film, which by then had taken on the title of Josephson's original story, and that Tom Brown was to be in the film.