Family Upstairs (1926)

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The Family Upstairs is based on the same-named play by Harry Delf. The titular family is comprised of losers and layabouts, all except for the daughter, pretty Louise Hellor (Virginia Valli). When Louise falls in love with handsome Charles Grant (Allan Simpson), she invites the boy home for dinner to meet the folks. The evening turns into a disaster thanks to the rowdy misbehavior of the family in general and Louise's loud, abrasive mother (Lillian Elliott) in particular. But with the help of Louise's kind-hearted dad (J. Farrel McDonald), hero and heroine are ultimately brought back together. Prolific 1930s leading lady Jacqueline Wells (aka Julie Bishop) makes one of her first film appearances as Louise's snotty kid sister.

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daughter, dinner-party, disaster, loser, love, romance