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Jerry Horwin (adaptation)
Henry La Cossit (dialogue)
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23 November 1930 (USA) See more »
The high and dizzy comedy thriller! See more »
Two men, one timid and one aggressive, make out as comical criminals. | Add synopsis »
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Harry Langdon ... Wally

Slim Summerville ... Slim

Bessie Love ... Ellen
Mitchell Lewis ... Screwy O'Toole
Matthew Betz ... Insect McGann

Stanley Fields ... Spumoni
Lloyd Whitlock ... O'Toole's Henchman

Richard Alexander ... McGann's Henchman

Tom Kennedy ... 'Shivering' Smith

Lew Hearn ... Inventor

LeRoy Mason ... Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Walter Brennan ... Spumoni Bodyguard (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)

Pat Harmon ... Waiter (uncredited)

Jeanette Loff ... Woman (uncredited)

Tom London ... Spumoni Hood (uncredited)

Robert McKenzie ... Waiter / Sign Changer (uncredited)

Hal Price ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
William James Craft 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jerry Horwin  adaptation (as C. Jerome Horwin)
Henry La Cossit  dialogue
Henry La Cossit  screenplay
Edward Ludwig  (as Edward I. Luddy)
Vin Moore  story

Original Music by
Sam Perry (silent version) (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (silent version) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Alan Jones  (as C. Allen Jones)
Arthur C. Miller  (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
Harry W. Lieb 
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... sound engineer
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter

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75 min
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Jeanette Loff originally signed to play the leading lady role. Replaced by Bessie Love.See more »
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Hokey hooch ha-has, 27 September 2002
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

I wish this movie was as funny as its title. During the Prohibition era, any joke about booze was a sure-fire laugh-getter ... in the same way that 1970s movies got an easy laugh out of marijuana. From our perspective, most of this movie's jokes about bathtub hooch aren't funny.

Harry Langdon and Slim Summerville play a couple of schlubsters who get mistaken for bootleggers. They tangle with a gang of thieves, eventually ending up dangling from the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper. (This scene would be funnier if the fakery was better: it's far too obvious that Langdon and Summerville are never in danger.) Eventually the real bootleggers show up. The head gangster's moll (played by Bessie Love) is so dewy-eyed and virginal, it just doesn't seem possible for her to be in love with a gangster ... so we're not the least bit surprised to learn she's working undercover for the D.A.

The funniest performance in this film is by Matthew Betz, a balding red-headed runt of a character actor who never got the roles he deserved. Here, he plays a snarling little thug named Insect McGann. As one of the bootleggers, Tom Kennedy blusters and bumbles but fails to project the necessary menace to make his role funny. Lew Hearn is briefly amusing in a bit role.

Most of the people here have done better work elsewhere. One exception is the director, William James Craft, whom I've never previously heard of. I suspect that "See America Thirst" is his best movie.

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