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The Very Idea

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Screenplay  William LeBaron
Language  English
5/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Story by  William LeBaron
Country  United States
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Director  Richard Rosson Frank Craven
Release date  August 24, 1929 (1929-08-24) (Premiere-New York) September 15, 1929 (1929-09-15) (United States)
Writer  William LeBaron (play), William LeBaron (screenplay)
Initial release  August 24, 1929 (New York City)
Directors  Frank Craven, Richard Rosson
Cast  Frank Craven (Alan Camp), Sally Blane (Nora), Hugh Trevor (Joe Garvin), Olive Tell (Marion Green), Allen Kearns (Gilbert Goodhue), Doris Eaton (Edith Goodhue)
Similar movies  Interstellar, Little Manhattan, Lymelife, Titanic, Forrest Gump, Sex Tape

The Very Idea is an American comedy film directed by Frank Craven and Richard Rosson and written by William Le Baron, based on his play of the same title. Released in 1929, it was the fourth film released by RKO Pictures, starring Sally Blane, Hugh Trevor, Allen Kearns, Doris Eaton and Frank Craven. A comedy based on the theory of eugenics, it was a critical and financial failure.


The play was filmed before in 1920 as a silent starring Taylor Holmes. The 1920 film is lost.

The four spallas issue title is the very idea 1939


Alan Camp has written a book on eugenics, and is looking to prove his theories. His sister, Edith Goodhue, and her husband, Gilbert have been frustrated for years with their inability to have children. Alan convinces them to let him to create a child through eugenics for them to adopt. Chosen to be the parents of this eugenic child are Joe Garvin, who happens to be Alan's chauffeur, and Nora, the Goodhues' maid. The two are offered $15,000 each if they conceive and deliver a child within twelve months, to which they agree.

To give the young couple room to move ahead with the plan, the Goodhues leave on a year trip to California. Nora and Joe do have the baby, but have fallen in love in the interim and have decided to keep the child. When the Goodhues return from California, they find their home has been converted into a nursery, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Garvin, who have married. They will not give up their baby, and Alan frantically sends Joe to a local orphanage in order to find a replacement baby. However, the child Joe returns with is rejected by Edith and Gilbert. Despondent, Alan decides to have the nursery dismantled, when Mrs. Goodhue announces that she is pregnant.


  • Sally Blane as Nora
  • Hugh Trevor as Joe Garvin
  • Allen Kearns as Gilbert Goodhue
  • Doris Eaton as Edith Goodhue
  • Frank Craven as Alan Camp
  • Theodore von Eltz as George Green
  • Olive Tell as Marion Green
  • Adele Watson as Miss Duncan
  • References

    The Very Idea Wikipedia
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