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Reducing (1931)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 3 January 1931 (USA)
A beauty parlor manager has her sister help her with interesting results.

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(as Charles F. Riesner)

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(dialogue continuity), (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Marie Truffle
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Polly Rochay
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Vivian Truffle
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Elmer Truffle
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Johnnie Beasley (as Buster Collier Jr.)
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Joyce Rochay
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Tommy Haverly
Billy Naylor ...
Jerry Truffle
Jay Ward ...
Marty Truffle
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A beauty parlor manager has her sister help her with interesting results.

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CHEATING the scales and chasing the blues...a hurricane hunt for an eight-ounce pound!

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Comedy | Drama

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3 January 1931 (USA)  »

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Academia de Beleza  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In the scene where Dressler is first in the Reducing Palar she pulls a lever that sends a chair crashing into glass. There is a huge swastika on the glass. See more »

Quotes

Marie Truffle: [to her daughter Vivian] Aw, come, pull yourself together, darling. Forget all about it. I tell you, there isn't a man in the world worth worrying about. I got to go up now. Your papa's in bed again with his stomach. I'm worried to death about him.
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Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) See more »

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The Old Folks at Home
(Swanee River) (1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played in part on flute by Lucien Littlefield
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Marie Dressler & Polly Moran Team-Up For Top Comedy
10 December 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Midwestern housewife comes to New York City to help her social-climbing sister run a fancy beauty salon & REDUCING parlor.

Marie Dressler shines in this movie vehicle tailored especially for her. With simple dignity & genuineness - and a crazy sense of humor - she captures the viewer's attention from her very first scene. Whether intimidating a ticket seller, attempting to climb into an upper berth, creating havoc in the salon, or prying an egg out of her little boy's mouth, she amply provides illustration why she was Hollywood's greatest & most beloved star in the early 1930's. There's never been another like her; she was completely unique & irreplaceable.

Receiving equal billing with Dressler is her frequent partner in mirth, the ubiquitous Polly Moran. This short, shrill, buxom comedienne could hold her own with the inimitable Dressler in the field of slapstick. Whether wallowing in a mud bath or trapped in a steam room, Moran is great fun as Marie's foil.

Anita Page & Lucien Littlefield have some good moments as Dressler's daughter & husband; but with Dressler & Moran on the loose, they're up against severe screen competition.

Movie mavens will recognize the unbilled Roscoe Ates as the stuttering railway ticket agent who has the misfortune to find Marie in his line.

It is important to note that the large glass swastika in the salon, which Marie inadvertently smashes, has nothing whatsoever to do with the Nazis. Rather it was an ancient symbol, even used by some Native American tribes, and was not infrequently seen as a trendy design or decoration.


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