On Borrowed Time

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  • NR
Death has come for Gramps Northrup. But Gramps has important work to do: raising his orphaned grandson. So he uses a bit of magic to trap Death in the branches of an apple tree. Clever work, Gramps! Or is it? With Death on hiatus, other folks whose... read more
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Death has come for Gramps Northrup. But Gramps has important work to do: raising his orphaned grandson. So he uses a bit of magic to trap Death in the branches of an apple tree. Clever work, Gramps! Or is it? With Death on hiatus, other folks whose time has come – folks who are worn out, ill and in pain – can’t be released from their earthly suffering. And Gramps begins to wonder if he’s done the right thing. From the beloved Paul Osborn play, this endearing fantasy of family, love and mortality moves effortlessly from rollicking to whimsical to tragic. Lionel Barrymore plays Gramps, leading a sterling cast of character stars, including Beulah Bondi, Una Merkel, Henry Travers and, as a most wry and gentlemanly Grim Reaper, Sir Cedric Hardwicke.

Original Release

07/06/1939

US Release

07/06/1939

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Cast

Lionel Barrymore Julian Northrup - Gramps / Julian Northrup aka Gramps
Una Merkel Marcia Giles
Cedric Hardwicke Mr. Brink
Beulah Bondi Nellie - Granny / Nellie Northrup aka Granny
Bobs Watson Pud / Pud Northrup
Nat Pendleton Mr. Grimes
Henry Travers Dr. Evans
Grant Mitchell Mr. Pilbeam
Eily Malyon Demetria Riffle
James Burke Sheriff Burlingame
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Harold S. Bucquet

Writers

Alice D.G. Miller, Frank O'Neill, Claudine West, Paul Osborn, Lawrence Edward Watkin

Cast

Lionel Barrymore Julian Northrup - Gramps / Julian Northrup aka Gramps
Una Merkel Marcia Giles
Cedric Hardwicke Mr. Brink
Beulah Bondi Nellie - Granny / Nellie Northrup aka Granny
Bobs Watson Pud / Pud Northrup
Nat Pendleton Mr. Grimes
Henry Travers Dr. Evans
Grant Mitchell Mr. Pilbeam
Eily Malyon Demetria Riffle
James Burke Sheriff Burlingame
Charles Waldron Reverend Murdock
Ian Wolfe Charles Wentworth
Phillip Terry Bill Lowry
Truman Bradley James Northrup
Dorothy Adams Florist
Hans Conried Man in Convertible
Barbara Bedford Mrs. James Northrup
Sonny Bupp Boy in Tree
Dickie Jones Boy in Tree
George Lloyd Chief of Police

Producers

Editors

George Boemler

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