Life Begins at 40 (1935) - Rotten Tomatoes

Life Begins at 40 (1935)





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A best-selling nonfictional book of the 1920s provided the title for this Will Rogers vehicle. Rogers plays a small town newspaper editor who prints all the news that fits his own homespun view of the world. Against the wishes of the town higher-ups, Rogers tries to clear the name of Richard Cromwell, a young man accused of a long-ago bank robbery. Along the way, the genial editor smooths the path of romance between Cromwell and sweet Rochelle Hudson. Life Begins at 40 contains some great bits of dialogue, notably Rogers' comment after unloading a box of canned goods that the American emblem should be changed from an eagle to a can opener.


Will Rogers
as Kenesaw H. Clark
Richard Cromwell
as Lee Austin
Rochelle Hudson
as Adele Anderson
Jane Darwell
as Ida Harris
George Barbier
as Colonel Joseph Abercrombie
George "Slim" Summerville
as T. Watterson Meriwether
Thomas Beck
as Joe Abercrombie
Roger Imhof
as `Pappy' Smithers
Charles Sellon
as Tom Cotton
John Bradford
as Wally Stevens
Ruth Gillette
as Mrs. Cotton
Claire Du Brey
as Mrs. T. Watterson Meriwether
Jed Prouty
as Charles Beagle
Bill Baxter
as Townsman
John Ince
as Storekeeper
T. Roy Barnes
as Simonds, Salesman
Robert P. Kerr
as Bank Teller
Crete Sipple
as Townswoman
Guy Usher
as Sheriff
Billy Watson
as Meriwether Child
Bobs Watson
as Meriwether Child
Delmar Watson
as Meriwether Child
Garry Watson
as Meriwether Child
Gloria Watson
as Meriwether Child
Harry Watson
as Meriwether Child
Louise Watson
as Meriwether Child
Creighton Hale
as Drug Clerk
Robert Dalton
as Steven's Henchman
Barbara Barondess
as Abercrombie's Maid
John Wallace
as Peg-Leg Man
Billy Bletcher
as Hog Caller
Frank Darien
as Abercrombie's Friend
William Burress
as Abercrombie's Friend
Harry Dunkinson
as Abercrombie's Friend
Herbert Hayward
as Rural Character
W.J. Kolberg
as Rural Character
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