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Quiet Please! (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 11 August 1933 (USA)
In this comedy of frustration, the fates conspire against gun salesman Edgar Kennedy, and he cannot find peace on the Pullman train he is traveling on.



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Cast overview:
Florence Kennedy
Florence's Mother
William Eugene ...
Florence's Brother
Charles Dow Clark ...
W.W. Wellington, the Boss
Tough Guy
Train Conductor


Edgar Kennedy is a peace-loving traveling salesman dealing in firearms on a selling trip traveling by Pullman with his wife and glad to be away from his henpecking mother-in-law and his loafing, free-loading brother-in-law. Unfortunatey for Edgar they manage to catch up to the train at the cost of the new Kennedy car. Although he tries to maintain his composure and make the best of things, circumstances, as usual, conspire against him. Written by duke10292aol.com

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Comedy | Short


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11 August 1933 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


No.14 in RKO's "Mr. Average Man" Series. See more »


When Edgar bumps into Wellington, and the latter goes out the train window, it is pitch-dark night. However, the same scene when viewed from the outside of the moving train is in bright daylight. However, when Wellington is pulled into the train, it is dark again. See more »


Florence Kennedy: [From her train berth] Eddie! Oh, Eddie!
Edgar Kennedy: [Annoyed] Whatta yuh want?
Florence Kennedy: Will you get Mother a drink of water, please?
Edgar Kennedy: Aw, Florence, I wanted some sleep at night!
Florence Kennedy: But, dear, mother won't go to sleep if you don't get a drink of water.
Edgar Kennedy: Aw, I don't want to get any water now!
Tough Guy: [Sticking his head through his upper berth curtain, supremely annoyed] Baldy, get her a drink of of water, and we'll all get to sleep!
[an intimidated Edgar obeys]
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A Few Laughs Along the Way
28 February 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Quiet Please! (1933)

** (out of 4)

Edgar Kennedy boards a train heading to a gun convention where he's looking to make a ton of sales. While on the train his mother-in-law and brother-in-law show up and start one major issue after another, which doesn't sit well with Kennedy's boss who is also on the train.

QUIET PLEASE! comes from writer-director George Stevens who at this early point in his career hadn't hit the high levels that were soon to follow. For the most part this is a fairly routine comedy where our hero gets punched in the face a few times as well as destroys the train through no fault of his own. This was just one of many films in the "Mr. Average Man" series that Kennedy did for RKO and while this one here isn't all that funny it's still got a few nice moments for fans of the comedian. HERO AND THE TERROR is a decent movie but not a complete winner.

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