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1 hr. 39 min.

Plot Summary
Gramps (Lionel Barrymore) is getting on in years, but he's not going gently into that good night. He has an orphaned grandson, Pud (Bobs Watson), to look after and protect from his conniving aunt, Demetria (Eily Malyon). So when death comes to claim him in the form of debonair Mr. Brink (Cedric Hardwicke), Gramps tricks him into climbing his magic apple tree, from which no one can escape. Gramps is delighted, but soon learns the cost of postponing death for too long.

Cast: Lionel Barrymore , Cedric Hardwicke , Beulah Bondi , Una Merkel , Bobs Watson , Nat Pendleton , Henry Travers , Grant Mitchell

Director: Harold S. Bucquet

Genres: Fantasy

On Borrowed Time (1939)

Release Date: January 1st, 1939|1 hr. 39 min.

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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • April 10, 2012 ivymill08
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    Poignant, haunting film about the power of love amidst the ever-present specter of Death. A beautiful allegor., Lionel Barrymore is at his crotchety best and the supporting cast of Beulah Bondi, Henry Travers, Grant Mitchell and the endearing Bobs Watson add to the heartwarming feel of the film. A real treasure!

  • May 03, 2009 Steve Campbell
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    One of my favorite all time movies. Its a heart warming story with an excellent performance by Lionel Barrymore. Barrymore is funny, genuine and has that usual Lionel Barrymore charm and grandfatherly appeal. I've been looking to buy this movie for years but for now I have to wait until its run on one of the classic movie channels. Steve from Dayton, Ohio

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