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Hotel Anchovy (1934)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  13 April 1934 (USA)
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The Ritz Brothers cause chaos in a bankrupt hotel.



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Complete credited cast:
Al Ritz ...
Al - Hotel House Detective (as The Three Ritz Brothers)
Harry Ritz ...
Harry - Hotel Manager (as The Three Ritz Brothers)
Jimmy Ritz ...
Jimmy - Hotel Bellboy (as The Three Ritz Brothers)
Doris Hill ...
Miss Whitney - Hotel Owner
Robert Middlemass ...
Mr. Kane - Potential Buyet
Harry Short ...
E. L. Pierce - Potntial Buyet
Eddie Roberts ...
Sucidal Hotel Guest


Miss Whitney's bankrupt hotel is for sale; she hires the Ritz Brothers to keep guests in for appearance's sake. They do so and manipulate rival bidders in slapstick fashion. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Comedy | Short






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13 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Boisterous Brothers Behave Badly
14 April 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Ritz Bros. Short Subject.

Hired as the new manager, house detective and bellhop, the Ritz Brothers pull out all the stops in an effort to ensure that no customer ever checks out of the HOTEL ANCHOVY.

Fans of Al, David & Jimmy Ritz will particularly enjoy this little film, which abounds in slapstick humor. Seekers after sophistication will search elsewhere.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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