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The Cradle Snatchers
Director: Howard Hawks (Dir)
Release Date:   5 Jun 1927
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 28 May 1927
Duration (in mins):   59
Duration (in feet):   6,281
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Louise Fazenda (Susan Martin)  
    J. Farrell MacDonald (George Martin)  
    Ethel Wales (Ethel Drake)  
    Franklin Pangborn (Howard Drake)  
    Dorothy Phillips (Kitty Ladd)  
    William Davidson (Roy Ladd)  
    Joseph Striker (Joe Valley)  
    Nick Stuart (Henry Winton)  
    Arthur Lake (Oscar)  
    Dione Ellis (Ann Hall)  
    Sammy Cohen (Ike Ginsberg)  
    Tyler Brook (Osteopath)  

Summary: To cure their flirtatious husbands of consorting with flappers, three wives--Susan Martin, Ethel Drake, and Kitty Ladd--arrange with three college boys--Henry Winton, Oscar, and Joe Valley--to flirt with them at a house party. Joe Valley, who poses as a hot-blooded Spaniard, is vamped by Ginsberg in female attire, and Oscar, a bashful Swede, uses caveman methods when aroused. During a rehearsal of the party, the three husbands arrive, followed by their flapper friends, leading to comic complications that are resolved. 

Production Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Howard Hawks (Dir)
  James Tinling (Asst dir)
Producer: William Fox (Pres)
Writer: Sarah Y. Mason (Scen)
  Malcolm Stuart Boylan (Titles)
Photography: L. William O'Connell (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play Cradle Snatchers by Russell G. Medcraft and Norma Mitchell (New York, 7 Sep 1925).
Authors: Norma Mitchell
  Russell G. Medcraft

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp. 24/4/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP23985

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Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Jealousy

Note: In 1929, Fox produced another adaptation of the Russell G. Medcraft-Norma Mitchell play under the title Why Leave Home? . That film, which was a musical, was directed by Raymond Cannon and starred Sue Carol and Dixie Lee. The 1943 Paramount musical comedy Let's Face It , directed by Sidney Lanier and starring Bob Hope and Betty Hutton, also was partially based on the play The Cradle Snatchers (see entries below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   12 Jun 1927.   
New York Times   31 May 1927   p. 25.
Variety   1 Jun 1927   p. 16.

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