Synopsis by Janiss Garza
After the success of Humoresque, pictures that extolled the virtues of dear old mom and pop were rampant. Mom was featured in the majority of these sentimental dramas, but occasionally dad would have his day, as he did here. The Goldwyn studios took care to make this a classy production -- Rupert Hughes directed and wrote it, while the art director was Cedric Gibbons, whose reputation was on the rise. Although he graduated from that time-worn university, the college of hard knocks, the tireless efforts of John P. Grout (Claude Gillingwater, Sr.) have paid off. He owns a number of department stores and his wife (Kate Lester) and children (Patsy Ruth Miller and Richard Tucker) are well provided for. However, his family is completely ungrateful and takes him -- and his money -- for granted. Grout's attempts to keep them all happy are driving him to bankruptcy and he eventually becomes seriously ill. Eventually his wife and kids come to realize how badly they've treated Pops, and he recovers to find his family far more appreciative of him.
greed, inheritance, patriarch, self-sacrifice