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Cracked Nuts (1931)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  18 April 1931 (USA)
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To impress his fiancee's aunt, a young man tries to become king in a small kingdom, but the people there have already crowned one, who has won this honor by gambling. So he plans a coup ... See full summary »


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To impress his fiancee's aunt, a young man tries to become king in a small kingdom, but the people there have already crowned one, who has won this honor by gambling. So he plans a coup d'etat. He tries to achieve this with a bomb, but then something goes wrong... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Release Date:

18 April 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doidos Varridos  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Queen Carlotta: Have you never thought seriously of marriage?
Zander U. Parkhurst: Certainly! That's why I'm single.
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Zander U. Parkhurst: Yeah, and marriage is the hangover!
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(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung and Danced by Bert Wheeler and Dorothy Lee
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cracked kingdom romp
1 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wheeler and Woolsey made this romp about revolutions, assassinations, and romantic shenanigans, with a supporting cast including Dorothy Lee (who doesn't have much to do), Edna May Oliver (funny in fits and starts but not on screen enough), Boris Karloff (unmemorable), and Ben Turpin (cross-eyed as ever).

There are some cute and funny bits - the opening sequence with Wheeler and the elevator; the 'What' and 'Which' sequence with the map; the flying bombs; the aunt and the shower; and so on.

The one musical number for Wheeler and Lee is awful, nowhere near their usual standard, and actually becomes tedious and irritating very quickly.

'Cracked Nuts' is mildly diverting but not particularly good as a whole; it is one of the team's weaker efforts. Although W&W are always good value and entertaining, their co-stars have a poor script to work with and not much of a plot.

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