A Family Affair is wholesome entertainment, well done by a capable cast and superbly directed.
Picture is a triumph for Lionel Barrymore. As the honest country-town judge, and again as the family-loving father, he is in his element. It is one of those meaty roles that is Barrymore’s dish.
Cecilia Parker and Eric Linden are successfully teamed as the youthful romantic interest. As is Mickey Rooney, as the kid, in his puppy-love affair with Margaret Marquis. Young Rooney’s interpretation is true boy stuff, and good for the best laughs.
George B. Seitz directs with skill and sincerity, getting the maximum tempo out of a wordy piece [from the play Skidding by Aurania Rouveyrol].