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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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Julius J. McCracken
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Albine
Irene Purcell ...
Patricia Jardine
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Tony Lagorce
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Nina Estrados
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Aunt Charlotte
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Paul Le Maire
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August Tollaire ...
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Storyline

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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Was remade in 1942 as "her cardboard lover" with Norma Shear and Robert Taylor. That version is far less funny and begins the story at about the 1/3 point of "The passionate plumber". It was Buster Keaton's comedy genius that made the difference between the two films. See more »

Quotes

Patricia: Have you ever been to prison?
Elmer: Once, to see my father.
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Featured in So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM (2004) See more »

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(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Erno Rapee
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More of a sex farce than a typical Keaton comedy
11 September 2000 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Not hilarious but pretty funny, with Jimmy Durante, Gilbert Roland and the three female leads of Moran, Maris and Purcell providing much of the comedy.

Weird and at times a little stupid, some good laughs; but the last reel is not as hilariously frantic as in other Keaton films.


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