Private Affairs (1940)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Roland Young and Hugh Herbert make an unorthodox but amusing comedy team in the Universal programmer Private Affairs. Disowned by his wealthy family, Amos Bullerton (Young) ekes out a living as a chalk-board proprietor in a Wall Street brokerage. With the help of his erstwhile friend, cab-driver Angus McPherson (Herbert), Bullerton tries to smooth the path of romance for his daughter Jane (Nancy Kelly). Though engaged to snobbish Herbert Stanley (G. P. Huntley Jr.), Jane is really in love with Jimmy Nolan (Robert Cummings) who like Bullerton himself is on the outs with his well-to-do family. Given its Wall Street background, there's a stock-manipulation scheme at the heart of Private Affairs, which in its own way is as intricately funny as the Bull-and-Bear shenanigans in 1982's Trading Places.

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biological-family [vs. adoptive], adoption, advice, cab-driver, criminal, daughter, extramarital-affair, father, gangster, love, operator, romance, roots [origins], search, stock-market, stocks, Wall-Street