A love story between prolific inventor Hiram Stevens Maxim, whose many creations include a machine gun, a mousetrap, the curling iron and various manufacturing mechanisms, and Maxim's bride, who sought wealth but found love.
Don Ameche, renowned for his portrayal of the telephone's inventor in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell, here plays another prolific inventor: Hiram Stevens Maxim, whose many creations include a machine gun, a mousetrap, the curling iron and various manufacturing mechanisms. The film is a love story, with Myrna Loy portraying Maxim's bride, who sought wealth but found love. It is a growing-up story, with Bobby Driscoll playing Maxim's son. And it is a affectionate evocation of time and place based on the son's popular remembrance A Genius in the Family and filmed during the era of the comparably nostalgic Life with Father, I Remember Mama and Stars in My Crown.
Don Ameche stars in this semi-screwball comedy as a handsome, eccentric 19th century inventor. Myrna Loy is his golddigging fiancee, who foolishly believes Ameche will make her financially secure. Love triumphs over greed, and Loy happily marries the inventor, who'll offer little in the way of creature comforts, but whose sincerity and dedication to his work is worth more to her than all the money in the bank. Why don't we ever meet people like this in real life' Released in Great Britain as A GENIUS IN THE FAMILY.
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