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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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Forgettable, but that's the worst you can say about it See more (14 total) »

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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Forgettable, but that's the worst you can say about it, 27 January 2012
Author: MissSimonetta from United States

"What! No Beer?" is often given a bad reputation due to the fact that it proved to be the final American film in which silent comedian Buster Keaton was given a starring role. As it is with his other MGM talkies, he plays a dull-witted character whose intelligence level ranges from absent-minded to borderline stupid, and the fact that he's obviously drunk in several scenes doesn't help any. For the third time in his MGM career, he's the straight man to the loud, fast-talking Jimmy Durante, a comedy team which baffles the mind to this day. The hit-and-miss jokes and incompatible comedy styles of the leading actors don't make for a good film by any means, however, it's not the travesty so many Keatonphiles make it out to be.

For one thing, it's miles ahead of Keaton's first MGM vehicle, "Free and Easy", a farce so unfunny it's painful to watch. Whenever Durante isn't in the frame shouting, there are a few touches of good visual humor and slapstick. And even Durante gets some funny lines in there. The set-up is solid and love interest Phyllis Barry shows off some glamorous Depression era costume.

Is it great? No. Is it all that memorable? Not really. But if you love Keaton or Durante, then you might like to see it if you've got nothing to do. Just don't expect a desire to revisit it anytime soon.

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