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Two Plus Fours (1930)

 -  Short | Musical  -  10 August 1930 (USA)
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When a well-liked tailor is about to lose his story his daughter and a young singing group try to save it.

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Cast overview:
Nat Carr ...
Ripstitch the Tailor
Thelma Hill ...
Mary Ginsberg - Max's Daughter
Edgar Dearing ...
Rent Collector (as Ed Dearing)
Spec O'Donnell ...
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Harry Barris ...
Harry (as The Rhythm Boys)
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Bing (as The Rhythm Boys)
Al Rinker ...
Al (as The Rhythm Boys)
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When a well-liked tailor is about to lose his story his daughter and a young singing group try to save it.

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10 August 1930 (USA)  »

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Director Ray (Raymond) McCarey was the brother of Leo McCarey, with whom Bing Crosby would work in the 1940s and who would direct two of Bing's biggest hits, "Going My Way" and the sequel "The Bells of St. Mary's." See more »

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It's surprising that they used Bing Crosby as little as they did in this short.
30 April 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Within a short time after making "Two Plus Fours", Bing Crosby became a HUGE international singing sensation. However, here he is just one of a group of college students and he isn't any more prominently featured than any of the other guys. So this is not a very auspicious beginning for this man who would one day become a beloved American actor, singer and Oscar-winner.

The film begins with a groups of college students whooping it up on the train back to school. The boys decide to shoot dice with one of the porters (yes, having a black guy shooting dice was a common negative stereotype of the day) and lose everything. Still, they aren't too worried as they know good old Ripstitch the Tailor (excellently played by Nat Carr) is such a nice old guy that he'll extend them credit. But what they don't know is that Ripstitch is almost broke himself--and cannot possibly pay the rent unless the boys are able to pay him. What will happen with this nice old guy?!

This was a surprisingly enjoyable old comedy/musical. Aside from not seeing and hearing enough of Crosby, it's a good film--far better than I expected. And, for 1930, the sound is good and the overall film well worth seeing--particularly if you love Hollywood's golden age and want to see a young Bing at work.


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