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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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Cast

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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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28 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Parlor Bedroom and Bath  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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A modern source lists Eugene Pallette in the cast. Although he was in the 1920 version, he was not in this film. See more »

Quotes

Polly Hathaway: You have all the passion of an infuriated clam.
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Connections

Spoofed in Parlor, Bedroom and Wrath (1932) See more »

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Step On It
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Music by Mel Kaufman
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Worth it for the sequence at the end
28 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with other commenters that this was a poor choice of films for Buster Keaton. The early part of the film is disappointing, as it provides Keaton with no opportunities to do the amazing physical stunts he's rightly famous for. I found it dismaying to see Keaton, who flipped over the rigging in "The Love Nest" and made the clotheslines his playground in "Neighbors" deflated by a half-slack garden hose.

But the hotel sequence, in which an amazonian blonde tries to teach Keaton's pathologically girl-shy character to be a real Casanova, turns things around. "Buster Keaton" and "screen kiss" are two ideas that don't seem to go that well together, but Keaton turns the combination into something that's purely his. Like the climax of "Steamboat Bill Jr.", Keaton's character finally seizes control of a situation where he's previously been a victim of circumstance. Suddenly he figures out how this works and charges ahead in his own unorthodox, exuberantly acrobatic way. And that moment is worth waiting for.


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