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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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Jeffrey Haywood
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Angelica Embrey
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Virginia Embrey
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Leila Crofton
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Frederick Leslie
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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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Filmed in Buster Keaton's own house. See more »

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Jeffrey Haywood: If we can only get Angelica to find her Reggie with another woman...
Polly Hathaway: Oh, I see!
Jeffrey Haywood: Looks don't mean anything. Anyone will do.
Polly Hathaway: Oh, so you picked me! Thanks!
Jeffrey Haywood: Oh, no, you're such a great scout.
Polly Hathaway: Yes, I'm Buffalo Bill.
Jeffrey Haywood: Now, listen, you will register as Mr. and Mrs. John Smith.
Polly Hathaway: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith? Now, I'm Pocahontas.
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Alternate-language version of Buster se marie (1931) See more »

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Step On It
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Music by Mel Kaufman
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Bland For Quite a While, Then Picks Up
5 July 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Parlor, Bedroom, & Bath" combines Buster Keaton's comic skills with a decent supporting cast and a light-hearted story about tangled romances. The first half is mostly bland, but things pick up later in the movie.

Jeff wants to marry his sweetheart Virginia, but Virginia refuses to get married until her fussy, spinsterish older sister Angie gets married first. When Jeff runs into (literally) mild-mannered nonentity Reggie Irving (Keaton), he decides to pass off Irving as a notorious playboy, to arouse Angie's interest. The plot also involves some other characters and their own romantic difficulties, and the build-up goes on for too long. It is all rather slow-going for much of the film, with the only laughs coming when Keaton gets an occasional chance to display his non-verbal comic ability. The part worth waiting for comes in the second half, when all of the characters converge on a hotel, in a lengthy and pretty good comic sequence.

Overall, it's not much when compared with Keaton's silent films. But if you watch, make sure to stick around for the last half of the film, when things get a lot funnier.


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