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Artist's Muddles (1933)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  29 January 1933 (USA)
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Andy "Sunshine" Wilson, a happy-go-lucky vagabond, catches a ride with motorist Luckenbach who is on a suicide mission, and nearly succeeds in his mission. Luckenbach is a great portrait ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Andy 'Sunshine' Wilson
Vernon Dent ...
Luckenbach, the artist
Faye Pierre ...
Mrs. Cellini
Luis Alberni ...
Pietro Cellini, (as Louis Alberni)


Andy "Sunshine" Wilson, a happy-go-lucky vagabond, catches a ride with motorist Luckenbach who is on a suicide mission, and nearly succeeds in his mission. Luckenbach is a great portrait artist suffering under the slight handicap of being unable to "do ears." The artist has painted a beautiful portrait of the wife of Pietro Cellini with the exception that her left ear is several times larger than it should be and not painted very well at that. Cellini also holds the keys to the city and Luckenbach getting the job of painting the city hall rides on Cellini's satisfaction with his wife's portrait. Andy accompanies the artist back to his studio, and this short being made in the pre-code days ensures the studio is filled with models wearing a little less than somewhat and less than that in a couple of cases. Andy, old but not dead, decides to stick around and help Luckenbach out. He and a monkey create a Pollack-type painting that Cellini views as a masterpiece, buys it and gives ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Comedy | Short






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Just Before the Deluge
9 February 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A very late comedy short for Mack Sennett starring the inimitable Andy Clyde, with Vernon Dent as second banana, long on action and and gags and short on logic, just before Sennett's studio imploded in large part due to forces beyond his control.

Dent is an artist who picks up Andy Clyde on the road and is incidentally saved by him. Under the direction of long-time Sennett regular Harry Edwards, the direction is full of strongly timed gag shots, but little subtlety -- although Clyde was a brilliant comic performer who somehow managed to flourish quietly for a quarter of a century in Jules White's employ at Columbia, he never seemed to rise much above a utility player at Sennett, even when he was the nominal lead.

The best role in this movie belongs to Luis Alberni, remembered these days for playing excitable Italians in Preston Sturges' stock company. Here he plays a maniac who who destroys Dent's works of art while convinced that Clyde is the genius who made them. The result is a decent if not great comedy.

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