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Director:
Writers:
Robert E. Hopkins (original story by)
Carey Wilson (screen play by)
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Release Date:
10 February 1933 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THE NATIONAL LAUGH-FEST! (original herald - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Two men decide to cash in on the end of Prohibition by selling watered down beer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Buster Keaton ... Elmer J. Butts

Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy Potts
Roscoe Ates ... Schultz (as Rosco Ates)
Phyllis Barry ... Hortense
John Miljan ... Butch Lorado
Henry Armetta ... Tony
Edward Brophy ... Spike Moran
Charles Dunbar ... Mulligan
Charles Giblyn ... Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sidney Bracey ... Dr. Smith (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Cop (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Al (uncredited)
Billy Engle ... Beer Drinker (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Moran's Henchman (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Moran's Henchman (uncredited)

George Irving ... Politician (uncredited)
Al Jackson ... Stool Pigeon (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Banker Jordan (uncredited)
Broderick O'Farrell ... Police Chemist (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Passer-By (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Barber (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Moran's Henchman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edward Sedgwick 
 
Writing credits
Robert E. Hopkins (original story by)

Carey Wilson (screen play by)

Jack Cluett (additional dialogue by)

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Wenstrom (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Production Management
Edward Brophy .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hugh Boswell .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Other crew
Al Hirschfeld .... title designer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
65 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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References Seven Chances (1925)See more »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Not that bad, 28 November 2001
Author: lzf0 from United States

This film has a reputation of being an unfunny horror. It is just not so. Buster does seem to be a little intoxicated throughout the film, but it is really very funny. This is the only film where Buster and Durante are really teamed. They appeared together in two previous films, but they worked independently. Sure, it's a period piece about the repeal of Prohibition, but there are some pretty funny set pieces throughout the film. For those people who have an aversion to musical numbers thrown into slapstick comedies, have no fear. There are no musical numbers. (This is a shame, since both Buster and Durante handle musical material very well!) This was Buster's last American studio starring feature film. Following this, he stars in a French film, a British film, and a Mexican film. MGM was never a great studio for broad comedians. They really didn't know how to handle Buster. But he's not alone. The Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, and Red Skelton were also done in by MGM's inept handling of slapstick comedy. This film is worth a view. It's still young Keaton and it proves that Buster could handle himself very nicely with sound.

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