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Ladies' Night in a Turkish Bath (1928)

Ma and Pa Slocum sell up their thriving packed-lunch business (based on Ma's home cooking, Pa's packaging design, and pretty daughter Helen's salesmanship), and move 'uptown' to live the ... See full summary »

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'Speed' Dawson
Sylvia Ashton ...
Ma Slcum
James Finlayson ...
Pa Slocum
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Sweeney (as Guinn Williams)
Harvey Clark ...
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Reed Howes ...
Edwin Leroy
Ethel Wales ...
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Fred Kelsey ...
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Ma and Pa Slocum sell up their thriving packed-lunch business (based on Ma's home cooking, Pa's packaging design, and pretty daughter Helen's salesmanship), and move 'uptown' to live the life of the idle rich on the proceeds. But Ma starts worrying about her figure, the neighbour's nephew has his roving eye on Helen, and her construction-worker fiancé feels that the family are getting too 'swell' for his touch; events culminate in a family quarrel that sends the men out to seek solace at a raunchy club, while the women resort to the Turkish Baths. But the night isn't over yet... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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You'll scream and screech when these two shy thrill-seekers walk right into the hottest time of their lives! Acrobatic Dorothy and Handsome Jack take you right into a whirlpool of perfectly pulsating love problems that has more laughs than you've had in a month of Saturday nights!

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1 April 1928 (USA)  »

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A very funny silent movie farce
9 September 2012 | by (Plano, Texas) – See all my reviews

LADIES NIGHT IN A Turkish BATH (1928) proves that you don't have to have a major comedian in a film to make a funny comedy. Jack Mulhall and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams (a dead-ringer for former President George W. Bush) are two construction workers who work on a high-rise building. Jack starts frequenting the "Ma and Pa" lunch-box stand, and his banter with very pretty Dorothy Mackaill is wonderful. Her parents, Jimmy Finlayson and Sylvia Ashton, decide to sell the business and move "uptown" to nicer digs. Their new neighbor immediately takes a shine to Dorothy. Jack and Dorothy get engaged, but they fight frequently over the neighbor's attentions to her.

Dorothy's mother decides to go on a diet, and we all know that when Momma goes on a diet that everybody goes on a diet. This makes hubby Finlayson (and the dog) miserable, as there is nothing good to eat. Fin gets his wife a giant wedding anniversary cake, but of course she can't eat it, so they quarrel.

The men head out to a "gentleman's club" to see a "hoochie coochie" dancer (i.e. stripper), while the ladies retire to a Turkish bath to relax and forget about the insensitive men in their life. The men's club gets raided by the police, so Fin and Mulhall climb in a window of the building next door, which is of course the Turkish bath and is full of naked women wrapped in towels. What follows is a hilarious climax.

The recent UCLA restoration looks very sharp. I saw this at at Cinecon with a large audience that roared with laughter throughout.


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