The Sap (1929 film)

The Sap is a 1929 American comedy film directed by Archie Mayo and written by De Leon Anthony and Robert Lord. It is based on the 1924 play The Sap by William A. Grew. The film stars Edward Everett Horton, Alan Hale Sr., Patsy Ruth Miller, Russell Simpson, Jerry Mandy and Edna Murphy. The film was released by Warner Bros. on November 9, 1929.[1][2][3]

The Sap
Directed byArchie Mayo
Screenplay byDe Leon Anthony
Robert Lord
Based onThe Sap
by William A. Grew
StarringEdward Everett Horton
Alan Hale Sr.
Patsy Ruth Miller
Russell Simpson
Jerry Mandy
Edna Murphy
CinematographyDevereaux Jennings
Edited byDesmond O'Brien
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 9, 1929 (1929-11-09)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


The sap, unemployed and hapless Bill Small, is not regarded by his wife Betty and her relatives. But he is redeemed by a wise stock investment in wheat which reverses his fortunes in relation to his brother-in-law Ed.[4]



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  2. Hal Erickson. "The Sap (1929) - Archie Mayo". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  3. "The Sap". Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  4. Thomas S. Hischak Broadway Plays and Musicals 2009 "The seemingly useless Bill Small (Raymond Hitchcock) is a cheerful fellow who can't get or keep a job and his wife Betty (Miriam Sears) and all her relatives have given up on him. Bill's brother-inlaw Ed Mason (Norval Keedwell) confesses he “borrowed” $10,000 from the bank where he works and invested it in wheat stock which went sour. ... It turns out Bill invested in the same stock when it was low, sold high and now owns the bank...."

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