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One Embarrassing Night (1930)

Rookery Nook (original title)
A husband tries to hide a runaway girl from his wife and mother-on-law.



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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Lynn ...
Tom Walls ...
Winifred Shotter ...
Mary Brough ...
Robertson Hare ...
Ethel Coleridge ...
Griffith Humphreys ...
Doreen Bendix ...


A husband tries to hide a runaway girl from his wife and mother-on-law.

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Release Date:

21 June 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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The first film shown at Edinburgh's art deco cinema The New Victoria, later known as the Odeon. The film opened on August 25th 1930, the very day that Sean Connery was born only a mile away. See more »

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First Filmed Aldwych farce is stagebound
23 November 2012 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Firstly lets get the plot out the way.Ralph Lynn,newly married,goes down to Chumpton On Sea to sa

t on his own at Walls house Rookery Nook.He is on his own and about to go to bed when a young woman comes into the house scantily clad.She is trying to escape from her tyrannical German stepfather who lives in a nearby house.Lynn puts her up in the bedroom for the night.However an aunt and the housekeeper become suspicious and believe that he has been having a tryst with this woman.So they get the wife to come down to see for her self.All the confusion is finally sorted out.This film is essentially a filmed stage play.The limitations of the early sound film are clearly present.Actors are filmed in groups,full length.There is very little editing as such.It is probable that when music was added to the soundtrack that the orchestra were present in the studio.there is no modulation or multi channel soundtrack.as a result when the music is playing it is difficult to understand the dialog.As to the acting both Lynn and Walls act as if they are playing to the gallery and consequently are wildly unfunny.On the other hand Robertson Hare plays his usual henpecked husband to a tee and is absolutely hilarious.A historical relic is the best that can be said for this film.

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