The Quitter (1934)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Quitter was typical of the curiously uninviting titles frequently bestowed upon the Chesterfield-Invincible productions of the mid-1930s (other examples include Cross Streets, Stolen Sweets and Fugitive Road). The grand old trouper Charles Grapewin heads the cast as vagabond journalist Ed Tilford, who leaves his wife Cordelia (Emma Dunn) behind to manage his newspaper when he's seized once more by Wanderlust. The Tilford sons, Russell (William Bakewell) and Eddie (Glen Boles), are raised to believe that their father died in WW I. Lacking most of Ed's business acumen, college-educated Russell suggests that his mother convert her weekly newspaper to a daily, resulting in a financial disaster. It's up to the prodigal Ed, returned from the nowhere and into the now, to save the day with the help of his nouveau riche old crony Zack (Lafe McKee).

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abandonment, family-member, newspaper, publisher, reunion, wanderer