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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See the hilarious unrestrained Ritz Brothers in Hotel Anchovy
22 July 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Of all the comedy teams that ended up in the movies in the 1930s, Jimmy, Harry, and Al-The Ritz Brothers-were probably the most unrestrained ever and are probably not as appreciated as a result. In Hotel Anchovy-a short made for the low-budget comedy short studio with the ironic name of Educational-their film debut, they are a manager, bellhop, and detective trying to keep customers from checking out so they can get all the money that's coming to them without fear of losing some of it as the female owner tries to sell the title hotel to a couple of bidders. The brothers Ritz run rampant as they insult various guests, confuse the bidders, and keep running into a suicidal man who keeps failing! Most of the really funny frantic stuff with the bidders are at the end and, boy, what energy they have here! This is probably where Sid Ceasar and Mel Brooks got their inspiration so for that we fully thank them!

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