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22 March 1930 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hal Skelly ... J. Aubrey Piper

Doris Hill ... Amy Fisher

Clara Blandick ... Ma Fisher

Charles Sellon ... Pa Fisher

Helene Chadwick ... Clara Hyland

Morgan Farley ... Joe Fisher

George Fawcett ... The Judge

William B. Davidson ... Frank Hyland

Eugene Pallette ... Traffic Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

E.H. Calvert ... Superintendent (uncredited)

Gordon De Main ... Rogers the Insurance Man (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... First Patent Lawyer (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Tuttle 
Writing credits
George Kelly (play "The Show-Off")

Herman J. Mankiewicz (adaptation)

Marion Dix (scenario)

Original Music by
W. Franke Harling (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photographed by) (as Archie J. Stout)
Film Editing by
Verna Willis (uncredited)
Other crew
Jesse L. Lasky .... presenter
B.P. Schulberg .... general manager: West Coast Productions
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

61 min | USA:59 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

The play opened on Broadway, New York City, New York, USA on 5 February 1924 and had 571 performances. In the cast were Guy D'Ennery (Frank Hyland), Helen Lowell (Mrs. Fisher), Lee Tracy (Joe) and Francis Pierlot. The popular play had 6 Broadway revivals, the last in 1992.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Show-Off (1934)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Just Hal Skelly, 26 June 2012
Author: boblipton from New York City

This is the first sound version of George Kelly's THE SHOW OFF. There was a silent version starring Ford Sterling a few years earlier and two MGM versions later on, one starring Spencer Tracy and the other Red Skelton. This version starring Hal Skelly is technically the best of the sound versions, with sure-handed comedy construction and some interesting camera-work by Archie Stout. However, Skelly gives the worst recorded performance as the lead.

Aubrey Piper, the title character, is a tough role to play. He is an arrogant blow hard at the center of the play, so we must find something to like about him. The leads in the other versions showed flashes of uncertainty throughout the performances that showed self-awareness and humanized him. Skelly, with his performance loud enough for the stage, is nothing but bluster and bullying. The few early scenes of tenderness with Doris Hill, aren't enough. We don't care about Skelly, so we don't care about the movie. The technical issues mentioned above are enough to keep you watching, but it's certainly no masterpiece.

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