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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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This film short is included as an extra in the Warner DVD of Top Hat (1935). 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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28 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Watch the Birdie (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This hit and miss comedy features Bob Hope playing a practical joker on a cruise ship with the woman he wants to marry. He ends up playing jokes on several people and this comes back to haunt him when one of them turns out to be the girl's father (in a predictable scene). WATCH THE BIRDIE is mainly going to be for fans of Hope who want to see what the legend was doing before he really hit it big. It's really too bad this two-reeler falls apart in the final act because there were some funny moments early on. I thought Hope did a pretty good job with his role and I especially like the way he sold the various jokes. These include a telescope with black tar on it, a camera with a bird that flies out and one dealing with a punch to the eye. What really doesn't work early on is the annoying younger sister who keeps showing up. I know this was meant to be cute but she got on my nerves after the first joke and each time she showed up after that just had me wishing she'd go away for good. The middle of the film deals with Hope getting stuck on the ship and there's not a single laugh to be had here. The final showdown really doesn't pay off either.

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