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Happiness C.O.D. (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 15 October 1935 (USA)
A young man, hard-pressed to pay off his mortgage and support his family, decides that he'll get money any way he can--honestly or otherwise.


Charles Lamont


Robert Ellis (story and screenplay), Helen Logan (story and screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Maude Eburne ... Aunt Addie
Donald Meek ... Thomas Sherridan
Irene Ware ... Carroll Sherridan
William Bakewell ... Ken Sherridan
Polly Ann Young ... Eleanor
Lona Andre ... Beatrice Manning
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Larry Sherridan
Malcolm McGregor ... Jim Martin
Edwin Maxwell ... Lester Walsh
Robert McKenzie ... Sam Townsend
Fred Sumner Fred Sumner ... Mr. Manning
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Rev. Huxley
John Dilson ... Snyder


A young man, hard-pressed to pay off his mortgage and support his family, decides that he'll get money any way he can--honestly or otherwise.

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The family had the "gimmees" and Papa got the bills! See more »


Comedy | Romance








Release Date:

15 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happiness Came C.O.D. See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Los Angeles Sunday 31 August 1952 on KECA (Channel 7) and in San Francisco Wednesday 3 September 1952 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

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Well Cast Minor Drama
29 January 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Donald Meek is a hard-working widower with three children who take him and the finances for granted. He has taken out a mortgage on the family home with his brother-in-law, Edward Maxwell, but cannot meet the latest payment. Maxwell offers him a proposition: approve sub-standard concrete for the new hospital Meek is supervising the construction of, and he'll get back the mortgage. Otherwise Maxwell will foreclose.

Meek is well cast as the kindly little man, as is Maude Eburne as his sister who keeps house for him. Snobby architect William Bakewell, clothes-mad Irene Ware (who is carrying on a harmless relationship with Malcolm McGregor, whose wife has been in a sanitarium for years), and gun-happy college student Frank Coghlan Jr. complete the family. There's also Polly Ann Young, who is Meek's secretary and thinks she has an understanding with Bakewell.

The script isn't much of a surprise, and you go in thinking it will all be settled satisfactorily. The performers, Meek aside, are rather broad in the characterizations, and director. Charles Lamont takes advantage of this for humorous purposes. Miss Eburne, as usual, walks away with the best role. It's pleasant, harmless fun with a bit of a moral to it, which is just about right for a well made Poverty Row picture.

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