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Girl at nightclub
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Girl at nightclub
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Two brothers are ordered by their parents to go to Paris to study in an art studio. They pay two painters (the type who use gallon cans) to impersonate them and go in their place. When the imposters win an art contest, they are exposed by an unexpected visitor. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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James Stewart's film debut. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie! the "Tall Painter" and "Short Painter" are painting the boat with checkered paint. You can see the film is reversed and that they had actually been painting a checkered section with black paint. See more »

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Cute and enjoyable.
8 December 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Harry Gribbon and Shemp Howard star in this one as a couple of painters...and I am not talking about artists but guys who paint boats, buildings and the like. The film begins with the men using some WEIRD paint...that comes out in checkered patterns. The scene then cuts to some fancy society home. Two young men (one is Jimmy Stewart in his first film) are being told by their parents that the pair MUST got to Paris to live the bohemian life of painters and chase women. While you'd think they'd be thrilled with this, the brothers want to do post-graduate work in trigonometry! So, they pay the two painters (assuming they are the artistic variety) to take their place in Paris--living off the parents' money and carousing. The only caveat is that they are supposed to mail letters regularly to the parents telling them about their exploits in Paris...while pretending to be the brothers. Naturally the painters make a mess of everything...and it's best you just see it for yourself to see how.

This is not exactly a brilliant comedy but it has quite a few clever moments. And, for Stewart lovers, it certainly is worth seeing as well. Overall, enjoyable.

By the way, this short came out a month before the new, toughened Production Code was put into effect. As a result of this, some risqué Pre-Code humor can be found here which simply would have been edited out or softened had the film debuted just a bit later.


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