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A Broadway Romeo (1931)

Jack Benny, his finances at a low ebb, watches a newsstand for a friend and picks up a young lady customer, equally broke.

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Estelle Brody ...
Girl from Kokomo
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Tony, the newsdealer
Walter Wilson ...
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While watching a friend's news stand, Jack meets and woos a lonely out-of-towner. When they read that his girl and her fiance are getting married, they decide to pair up. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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28 March 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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Jack Benny: Come on, now. I never get fresh... at first.
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Jack Benny in an inauspicious beginning
16 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Despite how unfunny this comedy short is, I know that Benny made some wonderful films just a decade later (particularly THE MEANEST MAN ALIVE). However, audiences who were used to hearing him on the radio must have been pretty disappointed. And, later audiences who were used to the style Jack had on THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM would no doubt be disappointed as well, as the sweetness and self-parody he later was famous for is conspicuously missing. Instead, Jack plays a bit of a "sharpie" who is trying to peddle a line here and take advantage of another person there--a NOT particularly likable fella who uses fast-talk to his advantage! No, this is a coarser and unlikable Benny--too unfunny and a few years from his better work.


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