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Love in the Rough (1930)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  6 September 1930 (USA)
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When shipping clerk Jack Kelly is recruited by his employer to help his golf game, his boss insists he conceal his humble identity at the country club.

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J.C. Nugent ...
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Virgie (as Dorothy McNulty)
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Harry Burns ...
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Allan Lane ...
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Catherine Moylan ...
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Edwards Davis ...
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Jack is a shipping clerk in the Waters Department Store where he finds that his boss is short tempered and nervous. It seems that Mr. Waters is having trouble with his golf game. When he finds that Kelly is a champion golfer, Waters arranges for him to go to his club to play in the tournament. He also expects Kelly to give him golfing tips, but Kelly finds and falls for Marilyn and the golf becomes secondary to his love. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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6 September 1930 (USA)  »

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Jogo de Amor  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The play, "Spring Fever," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 3 August 1925 and closed in September 1925 after 56 performances. The opening night cast included James Rennie in the lead. See more »

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Just before the light comes back on in Jack and Marilyn's room, the pitcher on the table appears to jump to the left as the camera appears to have been moved between takes. See more »

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Dave Waters: It's not over yet!
Benny: Nuthin's over 'til it's over.
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Go Home and Tell Your Mother
(1930) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Copyright 1930 by Robbins Music Corp.
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Dorothy Jordan and Robert Montgomery
Reprised by musicians at the dance
Reprised on a radio
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Showcase for Benny Rubin
17 December 2011 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

"Love in the Rough" is a cute little comedy-musical with a golf club setting, starring a callow Robert Montgomery (who sings and dances!). The first hour is quite winning, though the plot bogs down a bit in the latter reels. There is a nice visual fade at the very end, so keep watching. The film has a surprising immediacy since it was filmed open-air on a real golf course rather than being studio-bound. And it provides a nice portrait of innocent courtship (just holding hands is considered pretty erotic).

The film is really a showcase for the comic talents of Benny Rubin, who is hoodwinked into being Montgomery's caddy. A lot of movie history books state that Rubin could not find work in the movies after the early 30s because he looked "too Jewish". Probably what they really mean is that his stereotypical Yiddish character (God-given looks included) was offensive. Of course, Chico Marx, Henry Armetta, Mantan Moreland, etc., got away with coarse ethnic stereotypes for years, so maybe he was really offensive to the moguls. Anyway, he has plenty of entertaining shtick to display in this picture, the highlight being a hilarious Yiddish palaver with another Jewish caddy. He's also menaced by a crude Italian greenskeeper. The politically incorrect portrayals are trumped by Roscoe Ates's incredible take on stuttering. In this movie, he takes his "art" to the extreme (he even gets Young's character to catch the bug). The dancing – much of it comedic – is fine, especially an interlude by one Earl "Snake Hips" Tucker.

One thing that really gets my goat is the writers' obvious ignorance of golf. They think that yelling "fore" means to be quiet, and that if an opponent's golf ball is blocking your putt, you have to putt around it! The latter leads to the climax, where the hero cleverly finds a way to overcome the obstacle.


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