“Two old-fashioneds — for two old-fashioned people.”
An elderly couple with financial problems (Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore) are forced to move into separate homes with their grown children.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Beulah Bondi Films
- Elderly People
- Grown Children
- Leo McCarey Films
- Thomas Mitchell Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “poignant classic” — reminiscent of Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953) — is “beautifully acted” by its lead protagonists (Bondi and Moore, just 49 and 61 years old at the time of filming) and “sensitively directed by Leo McCarey”. It ultimately makes a “good argument for Social Security”, given that it portrays its aged protagonists as “good parents and good citizens” who “find themselves obsolete in modern America”. While it’s heartbreaking to watch Moore and Bondi “find themselves a burden” and ultimately “realize that they won’t be able to stay together,” McCarey doesn’t demonize their grown children; instead, he makes it easy to empathize with their dilemmas as well. The problem here isn’t family values — it’s the harsh economic reality of the time, a situation which unfortunately hasn’t improved all that much since then.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Beulah Bondi as Lucy Cooper
- Victor Moore as Barkley Cooper
- One of the most authentic portrayals of problems associated with aging
Yes; this one should be seen by all film fanatics.
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)