The Old Swimmin' Hole (1940)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - Oct 21, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Longtime "Our Gang" director Robert McGowan wielded the megaphone for the laid-back Monogram drama Old Swimming Hole. Jackie Moran and Marcia Mae Jones, whom the studio was hoping to develop into a screen team, star as Chris and Betty, bucolic sweethearts who hope to play matchmaker for Chris' mother (Leatrice Joy) and Betty's father (Charles Brown). Another plotline concerns Chris' hopes of attending medical school, which may not happen due to his family's lack of funds. After taking it easy for several reels, the film wraps up with an exciting climax wherein one of the main characters is rescued from drowning. Old Swimming Hole was based on a story by Dorothy Davenport Reid, widow of silent-screen favorite Wallace Reid.

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childhood-adventures, doctor/nurse, matchmaker, poverty, slice-of-life, mother, single-parent, town