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The Rounder (1930)

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A drunkard climbs a ladder into a bedroom in the wrong house and gets romantically involved with the woman who lives there.



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Complete credited cast:
Mr. Bartlett
Ethel Dalton
Alfred Brown


Bartlett, a well dressed but drunk man, is able to convince a policeman passing by that the ladder he has set up to a second floor apartment building window is him trying to get into his own home. When he gets to the top of the ladder and into the room, he finds that it isn't his apartment, but that belonging to a beautiful young woman. She is socialite Ethel Dalton, who has just had an engagement-breaking argument with her fiancé, Alfred Brown, as she saw him seemingly cavorting with another woman. Despite being initially frightened by this strange young man in her apartment, she offers him a proposition: with a generous monthly stipend, marry her in name only, although they are to act married in public but not in private. He accepts. The next day when Ethel and Bartlett are to get married, she learns that what she saw Alfred doing with the other woman was innocent. The result is an unusual love triangle of sorts as Bartlett is still in the picture. That same policeman from the night... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short





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18 January 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Jack Benny shines in early short subject
4 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Rounder is an extra on the DVD "To Be or Not to Be". After watching the main feature I decided to see what this extra was about. Jack Benny was out of character as we know him today but as I watched I became drawn in by the very bizarre story line. Jack plays a sophisticated man who has been out late drinking and enters the wrong home in his tipsy state. He encounters a woman who has also just returned from an evening at a club with her boyfriend that ended up in her breaking up with him. The interaction between Jack and the woman is priceless. It has a number of good laughs as well as a somewhat surreal feel to it. Highly recommended.

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