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The Mad Martindales (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 May 1942 (USA)
In 1900, the Martindale family is in dire straits, due to eccentric Hugo's spendthrift ways. His daughter Evelyn Martindale is proposed to by rich Peter Varney, but she loves the poor Julio... See full summary »


Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker)


Francis Edward Faragoh (screenplay), Wesley Towner (based on the play "Not For Children") | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Withers ... Kathy Martindale
Marjorie Weaver ... Evelyn Martindale
Alan Mowbray ... Hugo Martindale
Jimmy Lydon ... Bobby Bruce Turner
Gig Young ... Peter Varney (as Byron Barr)
George Reeves ... Julio Rigo
Charles Lane ... Virgil Hickling
Kathleen Howard ... Grandmother Varney
Robert Greig ... Wallace Butler
Brandon Hurst ... Smythe Butler
Steven Geray ... Jan Van Der Venne
Victor Sen Yung ... Jefferson Gow
Emma Dunn ... Agnes
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Hotel clerk
Don Dillaway ... Lawyer


In 1900, the Martindale family is in dire straits, due to eccentric Hugo's spendthrift ways. His daughter Evelyn Martindale is proposed to by rich Peter Varney, but she loves the poor Julio. But younger sister Kathy plots to save the day, not realizing that father Hugo has plans of his own underway. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A TINTYPE OF 1900...but she had 1942 ideas!


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

15 May 1942 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jane Withers was 16 years old when she starred in this film. See more »

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Madcap Jane Withers
16 October 2016 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Funny film (it gets funnier as it goes along) stars Jane Withers as the younger daughter of a dippy architect (Alan Mowbray) in early 1900s San Francisco. He dreams about building a "bungalow development" but never spends much time on it since he's always off impulsively buying objets d'art.

Withers plays the sensible one who has to deal with unpaid servants, bill collectors, a next-door boyfriend (Jimmy Lydon), and her older sister (Marjorie Weaver) and her suitors. At one point see sells off all the furniture in the house to a Chinese pawnbroker to pay the mortgage. Next up she disguises herself as her sister to woo a rich man (Gig Young) only to get deeper into trouble. Everything comes together in the end, but there's still a surprise ending.

Withers was 16 here and is quite funny. Mowbray and Lydon are also quite good. Also in the cast are Kathleen Howard as the crabby granny, Steven Geray as the investor, George Reeves as an Italian suitor, Charles Lane as the bill collector, Robert Greig and Emma Dunn as the servants, Victor Sen Yung as the young pawnbroker, and silent star Charles Ray as a barbershop patron.

Gig Young is billed as Byron Barr, his real name.

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