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Hotel Anchovy (1934)

 -  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
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Short

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(Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

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So Why Wasn't It The Hotel Ritz?
30 June 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This short subject marked the screen debut of the Ritz Brothers comedy team. After this they appeared in feature films for 20th Century Fox because Darryl Zanuck wanted his own Marx Brothers working at his studio.

The brothers play the desk clerk, house detective and bellboy at the Hotel Anchovy. The place has seen better days and it looks like its closing down. So when Doris Hill the owner explains it to the staff in simple terms, $100.00 a day is gained when a guest checks in and $100.00 a day is lost when they check out, the boys take that to mean, get people and prevent them from checking out. They accomplish this in a variety of zany ways.

The Hotel Anchovy tries to be like The Cocoanuts, but fails. Primarily because of the fact that the Ritzs are indistinguishable. There's no individual identity with them as with other comedy teams. The film is good for a few chuckles, but there will be no longstanding comedy moments of memory from Hotel Anchovy.


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