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Elbert Franklin (screenplay)
Ethel La Blanche (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
11 October 1940 (USA) See more »
Good to the Last Drop...of the Villain...the Girl...or Maybe the Scenery! See more »
The widow Wilson and her daughter Mary have just learned that old Mr. Middleton, who held the mortgage on their home... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Painful satire of the theatrical melodramas from days of yore See more (12 total) »


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Hugh Herbert ... Frederick Healy

Anita Louise ... Mary Wilson

Alan Mowbray ... Silas Cribbs

Buster Keaton ... William Dalton

Joyce Compton ... Hazel Dalton

Richard Cromwell ... Edward Middleton

Billy Gilbert ... Master of Ceremonies

Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Wilson
Diane Fisher ... Julia Middleton

Charles Judels ... M. Dubois - Pie Vendor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eddie Acuff ... Joe (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander ... Drunk (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Vernon Dent ... Jim - Policeman (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Stevens - the Coach Driver (uncredited)

William Farnum ... Vagabond (uncredited)

Edward Gargan ... Bartender (uncredited)

Arthur Housman ... Mr. McGillicuddy - Drunk (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Townsman Sam (uncredited)

Robert McKenzie ... Town Constable (uncredited)

Carlotta Monti ... Streetwalker (uncredited)
Charles Murphy ... Lamplighter (uncredited)

Jack Norton ... Pie Throwing Drunk (uncredited)

Franklin Pangborn ... Bartender (uncredited)

Victor Potel ... Policeman (uncredited)
Walter Tetley ... Telegram Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward F. Cline 
Writing credits
Elbert Franklin (screenplay)

Ethel La Blanche (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Harold B. Franklin .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Tours (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard 
Film Editing by
Arthur Hilton 
Art Direction by
Lewis J. Rachmil  (as Lewis Rachmil)
Costume Design by
Morrie Friedman 
Production Management
Vaughn Paul .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Montagne .... assistant director
Sound Department
Charles Althouse .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Carstenson .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Music Department
Frank Tours .... musical director
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66 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Cast credits on the end of the film are in order of appearance.See more »
William Dalton:Oh, if I ever get a hold of that feller Stevens, I'll give him something to smell that's nastier than peaches or my name ain't... William Dalton!See more »
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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Painful satire of the theatrical melodramas from days of yore, 16 January 2006
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

This movie is a painful viewing experience. I don't know if its because the humor has all been ripped off by later films or because its just awful, either way I can't recommend this film to anyone.

the idea of the film is that its a film version of the melodrama that things like Dudley Do Right makes fun of. With "Boo Hiss Villains" who twirl their mustaches and Heroes you cheer on. Indeed the film begins with Billy Gilbert saying that the audience should feel free to boo and cheer as they see fit. The problem is this sort of thing is so close to parody now (and even then) that making fun of it, unless you're very clever, doesn't work, or rather doesn't work for more than say a 15 minute sketch. This film runs out of steam wall before that and we are left with a film that is neither fish nor, or rather just foul. yes it works occasionally but I'd be hard pressed to tell anyone to sit down and watch this film in order to find them.

Avoid this film.

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