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Watch the Birdie (1935)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  10 August 1935 (USA)
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A practical joker takes a cruise with his fiancée and her family.



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Cast overview:
Nell O'Day
Arline Dinitz
George Watts
Marie Nordstrom


Prankster Bob is traveling to New York by ship with his girlfriend and he proposes to marry her. Along the trip, he plays pranks on the captain, passengers and his future father-in-law. When they arrive in the harbor, the captain and his father-in-law decide to revenge and the captain asks his men to retain Bob at the customs for hours. Then he heads to the office of his father-in-law where his girlfriend is waiting for him. But her father is still upset with Bob. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Short





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10 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Big V Comedies: Watch the Birdie  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #1839-1840 See more »


In the conference room scene, Bob disgustedly tosses the two-sided prank towel onto the table--then it reappears in his hands, to be folded and tossed down again. See more »


Moonlight for Two
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played when the Dorothy's father explains his black eye to her mother
Also played when Bob goes in to talk to Dorothy's father
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The first third is quite good...then it starts to fizzle.
20 June 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The first portion of the film is set aboard a cruise ship. Bob Hope has fallen in love with a young lady and they plan on asking her father if they can marry. But their time alone is interrupted again and again by her pesky little sister. At first you feel sorry for them, but Hope manages to annoy everyone on the ship except for his new fiancé. Will her father approve?! Will the audience care?! This is one of Hope's earlier films--a short for Vitaphone. I really liked it through the first third--it had plenty of jokes and I loved the smart-allecky little girl. But then, as the film progressed Hope's character became more and more annoying and unlikable. It was as if the sight gags were much more important than the plot--and he reminded me of the antics of Carrot Top--with all the stupid toys instead of laughs. It seems that Hope LOVES practical jokes--all very unfunny ones that literally hurt people. What's funny about this...and what woman would want to marry a jerk like this. Sadly, the film didn't end well, either--just more of the same.

Exceptionally uneven. The first portion earns an 8 and the last a 4--for an overall score of 5.

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