My Old Dutch (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 May 1926 (USA)
Sal Gratton picks Joe Brown over Bill Sproat for her husband. They marry and have a son, and Sproat watches them in anger over the passing years. Sal and Joe come into a fortune and they ... See full summary »


Laurence Trimble


Arthur Shirley (play), Albert Chevalier (play) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
May McAvoy ... Sal Gratton
Pat O'Malley ... Joe Brown
Cullen Landis ... Herbert Brown
Jean Hersholt ... 'Erb 'Uggins
Agnes Steele Agnes Steele ... Mrs. Shudd
Patsy O'Byrne ... Mrs. Smiff
Edgar Kennedy ... Bill Sproat
Frank Hall Crane ... James Vrayford (as Frank Crane)
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Al
Violet N. Cane Violet N. Cane ... Mary Avenell, at 3 years (as Violet Kane)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Herbert Brown, as a baby
Sheila O'Malley Sheila O'Malley ... Herbert Brown, at 3 years
Newton Hall Newton Hall ... Herbert Brown, at 12 years
Zama Zamoria Zama Zamoria ... Mrs. Avenell (as Zama Zameria)
Jane Winton ... Lady Diana Crowes


Sal Gratton picks Joe Brown over Bill Sproat for her husband. They marry and have a son, and Sproat watches them in anger over the passing years. Sal and Joe come into a fortune and they give their son all the advantages in life, but he turns to gambling and squanders their fortune. He departs to another country and his parents are sent to the poor house, still besieged by Sproat who has also become wealthy. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

23 May 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caballero a la fuerza See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Grow Old with Ma
13 June 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"The story that inspired Albert Chevalier to write his immortal Costermonger song, 'My Old Dutch', is the story this picture tells of London's quaint and sturdy tradesmen - her humble vegetable peddlers," advises the opening inter-title. We begin in London, with the city's annual donkey race. Beautiful young May McAvoy (as Sal Gratton) is expected to accept the proposal of champion suitor Edgar Kennedy (as Bill Sproat); but, she chooses vegetable peddler Pat O'Malley (as Joe Brown) instead. The poverty-stricken couple have a difficult life, and make a sacrifice for the son who grows into handsome gentleman Cullen Landis...

This was director Laurence Trimble's second and more elaborate film version of his own "My Old Dutch" (1915); based on a 1920 play this time, it was done again in 1934 with the setting further updated. Frankly, this narrative isn't very engaging - other than seeing what happens due to the co-starring couple making their strange sacrifice. For this, there is some incentive to watch and see if all ends well. Before the emotional ending, attention turns to Mr. Landis' courtship with pretty Jane Winton, then his World War I service. Alas, the parents face additional hardship. Good humanitarian support is provided by Jean Hersholt.

***** My Old Dutch (5/23/26) Laurence Trimble ~ May McAvoy, Pat O'Malley, Cullen Landis, Edgar Kennedy

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