Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his grandfather are inseparable. Gramps is concerned for Pud's future and wary of a scheming relative who seeks custody of the child. One day Mr. Brink, an agent of Death, arrives to take Gramps "to the land where the woodbine twineth." Through a bit of trickery, Gramps confines Mr. Brink, and thus Death, to the branches of a large apple tree, giving Gramps extra time to resolve issues about Pud's future.

  1. Harold S. Bucquet


  2. Lawrence Edward Watkin


  3. Frank O'Neill


  4. Alice D.G. Miller


  5. Claudine West


Top Billed Cast

  1. Lionel Barrymore

    Lionel Barrymore

    Julian Northrup aka Gramps

  2. Cedric Hardwicke

    Cedric Hardwicke

    Mr. Brink

  3. Beulah Bondi

    Beulah Bondi

    Nellie Northrup aka Granny

  4. Una Merkel

    Una Merkel

    Marcia Giles

  5. Bobs Watson

    Bobs Watson

    Pud Northrup

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Status Released

Release Information

  • July 7, 1939


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 39m

Budget -

Revenue -



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