Your Uncle Dudley


1h 10m 1935

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 13, 1935
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 11 Dec 1935
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Your Uncle Dudley by Howard Lindsay and Bertrand Robinson (New York, 18 Nov 1929).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
6,800ft

Synopsis

As his sister-in-law Mabel forces her daughter Ethel to practice for the Deepwater Music Contest, paint and varnish dealer Dudley Dixon receives another silver loving cup from the "Thursday Morning Club" for his efforts on behalf of their community of Fairview. Mabel is insistent that Ethel win the music contest so the two can travel to Europe on the $5,000 grand prize, the same amount of money Dudley has owed Mabel for fifteen years. The community leaders, meanwhile, are planning a big boxing event on which they hope to make money, with their "committee of one," namely Dudley, doing all the work. Dudley ignores his business to work on these community matters, much to the chagrin of both Mabel and Christine Saunders, his secretary and sweetheart. Dudley hopes to marry Christine once Mabel and Ethel move out of his house. Ethel has a big fight with her boyfriend, Robert Kirby, over the manipulative way her mother treats her. At the music contest that night, Mabel learns that Marjorie Baxter's father has been in an auto accident, but Marjorie has yet to be told. Realizing that Marjorie is Ethel's only true competition, Mabel not only tells her about her father's accident, but exaggerates its seriousness. With Marjorie too upset to perform, Ethel wins the contest and makes up with Robert. Back at home, the ecstatic Dudley announces his engagement to Christine, with plans to marry as soon as Mabel and Ethel leave for Europe. Ethel and Robert arrive, telling all that they have eloped. Mabel fakes a heart attack, convincing Ethel not to leave her. Desperate to have Mabel out of his life, Dudley attempts to borrow the $5,000 from his friends, but is turned down by each and every one. Unable to raise the money, Dudley tries to borrow the money from Ethel, only to have contest sponsor Deepwater arrive, informing him that Mabel's deception has been discovered and the contest outcome invalidated. Christine tells Dudley she is leaving him, but he chases her down. At his office, his friends think that Dudley has embezzled the $25,000 prize money for the boxing event. Dudley arrives late, but refuses to turn over the prize money until he is loaned the $5,000 and each friend has signed a large painting contract with Dixon Paint and Varnish. Mabel finally has her money but not her daughter, and questions why she should go to Europe. Dudley has Mabel's son Cyril take his sister's place, singing "Goodbye Forever," a tune that becomes a love song for Dudley and Christine.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 13, 1935
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 11 Dec 1935
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Your Uncle Dudley by Howard Lindsay and Bertrand Robinson (New York, 18 Nov 1929).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
6,800ft

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Notes

Twentieth Century-Fox produced a film in 1939 entitled Too Busy to Work which was partially based on the same source.