An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
Starting in 1913 movie director Connors discovers singer Molly Adair. As she becomes a star she marries an actor, so Connors fires them. She asks for him as director of her next film. Many silent stars shown making the transition to sound.
Elmer Tuttle, a plumber in Paris, is enlisted by beautiful Patricia Alden to help her make her lover Tony Lagorce jealous. Tony, however, is two-timing Patricia with Nina Estrados. Elmer, with the help of his friend Julius, hopes to use the high-society contacts he's made with Patricia to find a market for his new invention, a pistol with a range-finding light. But Elmer's attempts to interest a military leader are mistaken for assassination attempts, and with Tony and half the male uppercrust of France challenging Elmer to duels, he is in hot water not even his plumbing skills can drain away. Written by
Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
The traditional knowledge about Buster Keaton's career is that he threw it away once he signed the contract with MGM. That's possibly true. Maybe his talkies flopped big time back in the 1930s. But the three I watched tonight told a totally different story. Keaton completely retained his comic talent in the early days of the talkies. Not only does he utilize his marvelous physical prowess in these films, but he shows an enormous ear for comic timing with dialogue. As I said, tonight I watched three of them, What, No Beer?, Sidewalks of New York, and The Passionate Plumber. The Passionate Plumber was the best of the three by far, and, in my opinion, Keaton was only better in Sherlock Jr. Add to the mix a hilarious Jimmy Durante, beautiful Irene Purcell, and firey Mona Maris and you've got one of the best comedies of the 1930s. Of all times, really. It's a shame, a real shame that I am only the tenth person on imdb to vote for the film, and that it is not on video. God, I wish I had looked ahead on the TV schedule and taped it! 10/10.
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