After the family leaves for a trip, Edgar rents out the apartment to a troublemaker who likes to throw wild parties.



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Cast overview:
Edgar Kennedy
Florence Kennedy
Dot Farley ...
Florence's Mother
Jack Rice ...
Florence's Brother
Bud Jamison ...
Dorothy Granger ...
Renter's Wife (as Dorothy Grainger)
Marten Lamont ...
Charlie Hall ...
Mr. Jones
Miss Finch, Landlady
Kernan Cripps ...


Edgar has become a compulsive horseplayer, much to his mother-in-law's chagrin. In order to get enough money to pay off persistent bookie Charley Hall, he rents his apartment to Bud Jamison. The Kennedy in-laws are going on a month's vacation, which fits into Ed's plans. However, when Jamison throws a wild party and his wife Dorothy Granger shows a more than casual interest in Edgar, the Average Man's finds his troubles are just beginning. Written by

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edgar Kennedy: [after his mother-in-law has turned off the horse race and turned on a cooking show] Now I don't know what happened! When I'm listening to the radio. I don't want any salad dressing with the race results!
Florence's Mother: I have as much right to listen to cooking lessons as you have to the horse races, and I can eat my results!
Edgar Kennedy: [Exaperated] Well, you're the only one who can!
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(aka "There's No Place Like Home") (uncredited)
Composed by Euphemia Allen (a.k.a. Arhur de Lulli) (1877)
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Not rough viewing
14 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Rough on Rents" is the first I've seen from the long and successful series of "Average Man" comedies that Edgar Kennedy starred in for RKO. I was much more familiar with Kennedy as a foil for other comedians such as Laurel and Hardy, and while he holds up fine as a protagonist, it still seems to me that his real strength was as a frustrated second banana.

This definitely feels like an entry in a series, there's a slight by-numbers atmosphere to it, and we are thrust into events very quickly, already expected to be familiar with Edgar, his family, and his living situation. The events, catalyzed by Edgar's quickly letting his apartment after losing money in a race, are the main source of comedy here, but they happen so quickly and with so little set-up in many cases that they aren't really milked for their potential. Still, it's fairly fun viewing and there are some amusing moments. One gag -- "Do you want that button?" -- had been used a lot better in a Charley Chase short from five years earlier, "The Wrong Miss Wright." I could see the final gag coming a mile away.

This is comfortable, plain comedy. Nothing really wrong with it, but it doesn't live up to the potential latent in the presence of Edgar Kennedy and a scenario like it has.

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