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Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)

Passed | | Comedy | 28 February 1931 (USA)
A man tries passing off a socially awkward fellow as a Casanova in the hopes of marrying off his would be sister-in-law.

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This is the French-language version of Buster Keaton's 1931 comedy Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931).

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Charlotte Greenwood ...
Polly Hathaway
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Jeffrey Haywood
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Bell Hop
Dorothy Christy ...
Angelica Embrey
Joan Peers ...
Nita Leslie
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Virginia Embrey
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Leila Crofton
Edward Brophy ...
Detective
Walter Merrill ...
Frederick Leslie
Sidney Bracey ...
Butler (as Sidney Bracy)
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Storyline

Jeff wants to get married to Virginia, but Virginia won't marry until her older, hard-to-please sister Angelica gets married off first. Jeff pretends that a shy, never-married nobody he has just met is really a great lover, in order to get Angelica interested in him. Written by Snow Leopard

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The real laugh panic of the year - he's a ladies' man. (ad cut).

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Polly Hathaway: You have all the passion of an infuriated clam.
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References Spite Marriage (1929) See more »

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Step On It
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Music by Mel Kaufman
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Funny funny precode film clearly shows what a good sound comedian Buster Keaton was
16 January 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is a great film that is very funny especially once it gets going. The premise is that an engaged couple wants to wed but can't do so until the girl's older sister does so (they don't want her to appear to be an old maid). The sister is having a hard time finding anyone to marry because she insists her husband be a great lover (and have great other things, as a sly comment as one dumped suitor comes out of the swimming pool implies). Into this madness comes Buster Keaton who is run over accidentally by the fiancé. Sensing an opportunity, the fiancé begins to spread the rumor that Keaton is a great lover. Soon not only the "old maid" sister, but every other woman in the area is pursuing Keaton.

Keaton was a master comedian and it really shows here. I'm just floored that this, like many of his other sound films aren't better known, since Keaton really did manage to keep the laughs coming for over 50 years in the movies. This is a perfect example of the good stuff he did that most people don't know about. This is a very funny comedy full of wicked pre-code japes as well as typical Keaton style physical gags. I put this film on expecting to smile here and there and instead found myself chuckling steadily through out.

Recommended to anyone wants to see a good screwball comedy with more than a few risqué moments.


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