Waterfront couple raise their son to be a sea captain. He grows up to be rather snotty and rebels against drunken Beery. Valiant Dressler keeps things moving even as hubby ruins their ... See full summary »
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The road-show troupe of a top Broadway show go cross-country while taking the audience along on the on-stage scenes as well as what happens and is happening back stage of the production. ... See full summary »
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Robert Z. Leonard
Rod La Rocque,
Caught Short is a 1930 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by Charles Reisner and written by Robert E. Hopkins, Joseph H. Johnson and Willard Mack. The film stars Marie Dressler, Polly ... See full summary »
This film was initially telecast in New York City on the Late, Late Show Monday 25 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Friday 28 March 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in San Francisco 28 February 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). Although it should have been in the KTTV MGM film library, there is no reliable documentation that it was ever aired in Los Angeles at this time, most likely because of its age, and certain pre-code aspects of the story which were out of tune with mid-1950s sensibilities. See more »
[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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Marie Dressler & Polly Moran Team-Up For Top Comedy
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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