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The Passionate Plumber (1932)

Passed | | Comedy | 6 February 1932 (USA)
To make her lover jealous, a beautiful socialite passes off a bumbling plumber as her paramour.

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Polly Moran ...
Albine
Irene Purcell ...
Patricia
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Tony Lagorce
Mona Maris ...
Nina
Maude Eburne ...
Aunt Charlotte
Henry Armetta ...
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Paul Porcasi ...
Paul Le Maire
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August Tollaire ...
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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Passionate Plumber was the un-handiest handy-man in town! (1962 reissue lobby card). See more »

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6 February 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charlotte Greenwood, Buster Keaton's co-star from Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931), was originally slated to take a character role opposite him again here, but was not available for filming. See more »

Quotes

Patricia: Have you ever been to prison?
Elmer: Once, to see my father.
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Connections

Alternate-language version of Le plombier amoureux (1932) See more »

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(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Erno Rapee
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Comic masterpiece
14 January 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

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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