Affairs of Cappy Ricks (1937)
Director: Ralph Staub
Cast: Walter Brennan, Mary Brian, Lyle Talbot
Synopsis: Cappy Ricks, a crusty old sea captain, returns home from a long voyage to discover that his family and his business are in chaos…
Walter Brennan (The Invisible Man, My Darling Clementine), at the grand old age of 43, plays Cappy Ricks, a crusty old mariner returning home after a lengthy voyage to discover his daughter (Mary Brian — The Front Page) is about to marry a buffoon whose mother has taken over Ricks’ home and business. Affairs of Cappy Ricks is a typical 1930s programmer: made with a limited budget but a decent enough cast to carry it off. The writing is OK, although there are no belly laughs. Brennan is good in the title role, and everyone plays their part well but, even at a running time of less than an hour, this modest comedy tends to drag at times. Of interest mainly to film buffs who like to seek out little-seen curios and those who were around at the time it was released.
(Reviewed 11th June 2007)