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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






Release Date:

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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A fine tailored comedy that rivals anything done by the greats.
6 June 2002 | by (Cromwell, CT) – See all my reviews

I had the privilege of seeing this short on Turner Classics the other day. All I could say is that this comedy rivals just about anything the Marx Brothers, the Stooges or Laurel and Hardy ever did. The Ritz Brothers are all but forgotten; very rarely do you see anything that they did and I seriously doubt that anything they did is available on tape. The sad thing about this comedy short is that it should be available on tape; it's not and that's a crime. It's a fast paced film that not only keeps the viewer laughing at all of their antics, but also keeps one on the edge of one's seat as they do just about anything to save this hotel from bankruptcy.

The Ritz Brothers antics closely resemble those of Laurel and Hardy in many ways. Stan Laurel, the mastermind of Laurel and Hardy, had a knack of developing a comedy scene that snowballed helplessly with slapstick and double talk as the scene progressed. This is how this short works; snowballing faster and faster until there's total chaos for all.

It's also a very interesting piece for anyone who's interested in the development of comedy on film. Highly recommended to all who want to broaden their awareness on this era of film history.

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