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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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Keaton's final MGM starring role, entertaining See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Keaton's final MGM starring role, entertaining, 1 August 2002
Author: django-1 from south Texas USA

Having heard for years how bad this film is, I must concur with the previous reviewer, who said "not that bad." This was the last of the three films where Keaton was teamed with Jimmy Durante, and while this is not as good a film overall as SPEAK EASILY, it IS better than THE PASSIONATE PLUMBER (although PP includes some great individual scenes), and also it is the only film of the three where Keaton and Durante work together as an actual comedy team. Much has been written about Keaton's alcohol abuse during the shooting of this film (in fact, Keaton was fired from MGM for that, even though WHAT NO BEER was a smash hit at the box office!), but since the Elmer character he is playing is basically a stoic, introverted guy, it's not too evident...and anyway, a pro like Keaton could deliver this uninspired dialogue in his sleep. The plot--involving Durante and Keaton starting a brewery near the end of prohibition and facing the wrath of both the police and the bootlegging underworld--allows for a number of good comic set-ups, the scene with Keaton explaining his business practices to the gangsters is particularly funny. Keaton's US career would revive a few years later when he began making his much-underrated comedy shorts at Educational Pictures, but WHAT NO BEER is the last film of his initial sound period at MGM, and as such it is a historic film. Also, it's an entertaining comedy with Keaton still in OK form.

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