The Diplomats (1929) Poster


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A 1929 Review of a lost Fox short.
ralph celentano19 February 2012
Warning: Spoilers
This 1929 review on a lost Fox sound short contains SPOILER info.

The Diplomats are Clark and McCullough in a Fox two-reel talking comedy. Aboard an ocean liner bound for furrin* parts, these two funny fellers become involved in a political situation having to do with one of those mythical kingdoms. There is a beautiful Princess-in-distress played by Margaret Churchill, a new and very personable Fox find. There is a Menace played by Andre Siguerola with a hefty beard and his usual suavity. And there is a Grand Duchess capered through by Cissy Fitzgerald, who is too grand for words. Clark twirls his agitated cigar and wisecracks his way into the secret service of the little kingdom. His curious and censorable* mission is to extract a political document from the very grand bosom of the Grand Duchess. In order to achieve this scoop, Clark makes overtures to the G.D., during which process he dances the Brooklyn Shake with her. You'll shake when you see that bit if you have any reflex action. It's a riot. He likewise induces her to shinny a chandelier and other gymnastic feats. The coy Grand Duchess thinks she is reducing. She is amorous and skittish. She does reduce, by one document. The Kingdom is saved.

NOTE: Most of the early Fox negatives were lost in a fire and modern reviews are impossible to do. Only 16mm prints of THE BELLE OF SAMOA and WALTZING AROUND are known to exist in a private collection at this time.

* These words appear here as spelled in the original review.
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