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What, No Men? (1935)

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A bill collector and a policeman are captured by a group of mad scientists and taken to an all-female Indian tribe for study.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


Cast overview:
El Brendel ...
Gus Olsen - Gas Company Representative
Wini Shaw ...
Saloon Owner
Phil Regan ...
Steve - Policeman


A bunch of long bearded scientists, who consider themselves gentlemen, have conducted research on almost every topic imaginable. Their current research entails sending someone up into the stratosphere to discover why women are attracted to men. Not wanting any of them to be sent into the stratosphere, they send the two unwilling men who stumble into their midst, namely a mild mannered gas department bill collector and a masculine policeman. The two may be able to do this research for the scientists as they first land in the middle of a colony of native American woman, then into a wild west town comprised totally of women. While the policeman attracts all the feminine women, the gas worker attracts the aggressive women. One woman in the latter location, she who tells her story of why there are no men in the town, may ultimately be able to answer the experiment's question. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Musical | Short





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5 January 1935 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the spaceship carrying El Brendel and Phil Regan lands, they throw out an anchor that consists of a copy of "Anthony Adverse," Hervey Allen's 1,200-page best-seller from 1933. See more »


Edited into Musical Movieland (1944) See more »


My Journey's End
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Sung by Phil Regan
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Academy Award Nominee
13 March 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

First, fair warning of bias: I don't consider El Brendel to be a funny comedian. His naive Scowhegian dullard simply annoys me. Nonetheless, he was a popular comic actor from the late 1920s (when he had a major role in WINGS) through his death in the mid-1960s.

Because of that, I attribute the Oscar nomination of this short subject to its excellent, if subdued 3-strip Technicolor, its fulsome musical score and its sheer bizarreness, including a passel of mad scientists who rocket El and local cop Phil Regan to a tribe of scantily dressed Indian maidens, from whom they are rescued by a town of rather Amazonian settlers. There's also a major Busby-Berkley style dance number. The sheer spectacle of this production number undoubtedly helped.

Still, for my taste, the whole thing looks like an overproduced mess.

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