Ah, Wilderness !
The 1935 Movie Filmed in Grafton
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Actors: Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery,
Eric Linden, Aline MacMahon, Mickey Rooney
Playwright Eugene O'Neill's only comedy, Ah, Wilderness! was filmed
by MGM in 1935. Impressionable turn-of-the-century lad Eric Linden, whose
knowledge of the ways of the world has come from French novels, is anxious
to taste life to the fullest. Linden's father Lionel Barrymore sternly
advises the boy to be good and be careful, while Barrymore's shiftless,
bibulous brother-in-law Wallace Beery (replacing MGM's first choice, W.
C. Fields) encourages Linden to get out. After a frightening encounter
with lady of the evening Helen Flint (a surprisingly frank characterization
for a Production Code film), Linden runs home, nursing a monster hangover
the next day. The boy eventually accepts the sedate affections of his childhood
sweetheart Jean Parker, while a chastened Beery promises to mend his ways--and
Barrymore decides to be more of a father and less of an autocrat to his
son. Ah, Wilderness would be musicalized (and bowdlerized) by MGM as the
1947 film Summer Holiday.
I sent a copy of the Ah Wilderness video to my uncles Gordon CLARK &
Ted CLARK. They were extras in the movie. I asked them if they recognized
anyone on the video. Remember it was 1935 !