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The Passionate Plumber (1932)

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

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Elmer
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McCracken
Polly Moran ...
Albine
Irene Purcell ...
Patricia
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Tony Lagorce
Mona Maris ...
Nina
Maude Eburne ...
Aunt Charlotte
Henry Armetta ...
Bouncer
Paul Porcasi ...
Paul Le Maire
Jean Del Val ...
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August Tollaire ...
General Bouschay
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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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6 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blikkenslageren  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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: Are you hurt?
Elmer: I won't know that until I take my clothes off.
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Alternate-language version of Le plombier amoureux (1932) See more »

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Mariska
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Erno Rapee
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The best of Keaton's MGM talkies
3 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Out of all of Keaton's MGM sound films, The Passionate Plumber (1932) is the only one I actually laughed at. It's no riot, but it's The General (1926) compared to all that other garbage MGM forced upon Keaton in the 30s.

The story is very pre-code: Keaton plays an American plumber living in France. A socialite (Irene Purcell) discovers her lover (Gilbert Roland) is carrying on with another woman (Mona Maris), so she hires Keaton to make Roland jealous. Most of the movie concerns Keaton trying to keep her away from Roland, whom she simultaneously hates and lusts after.

Thank God above, Buster does not play an idiot! He's still socially awkward and a little lost, but his character is allowed to be clever, resourceful, and sarcastic. The physical comedy is actually inspired too, rather than tacked on (see the painfully bad slapstick during the check-in scene of Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath (1931)).

Much of the supporting cast is completely over the top and annoying. Irene Purcell and Mona Maris screech and howl. Jimmy Durante works best in small doses, which is luckily how he is here. Gilbert Roland works best when he isn't hamming it up to Mars, which unluckily, he does in a number of scenes.

Fortunately, the supporting cast, while not always pleasant, is not terrible enough to kill the movie. If you've lost all hope after Free and Easy (1930) and What! No Beer (1933), then give this one a try.


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