Nightclub fussbudget introduces a little word game to amuse his blonde companion and their waiter.




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Cast overview:
Alexander Woollcott ...
Mr. W
George, the waiter (as Leo Carroll)
Marion Martin ...
The Blonde


As the rather fussy 'Mr. W' is dining in a restaurant, the waiter introduces him to an attractive woman, who sits down at his table. She asks him to take her to the theater, but he declines, indicating that he would prefer to relax at the restaurant. To entertain her, he teaches her a word game called the 'Minute Game'. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

8 June 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Headliners (1933-1934 Season) (#12): Mr. W's Little Game  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mr. W: [Indignantly] Barabarian!
George, the waiter: Wh, sir? Me, sir?
Mr. W: Definitely a barbarian! If you ever again attempt to serve me brandy in a dinky little glass, I shall be forced to take action. I may strangle you with my own hands, or I may merely shriek!
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Edited into Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin (1998) See more »

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Mildly Entertaining
16 December 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This mildly entertaining short feature is essentially a setup for the one idea of the "Little Game" that Alexander Woollcott teaches others to play. The basic idea is of some interest, but the feature as a whole is generally rather bland. It may have been possible to make it better with some snappier dialogue, but as it is, the movie relies on the idea itself and on Woollcott's sarcastic personality.

Woollcott is joined by Leo G. Carroll and Marion Martin, to whom his character teaches a simple word game called the 'Minute Game', since each player has a time limit of one minute. The movie adds some additional give-and-take amongst the characters that doesn't entirely come off, and in particular, 'Mr. W.' is unjustifiably and implausibly rude towards Martin's character.

The game itself would probably be mildly interesting to play, at least for a while. The previous reviewer on this page has given a detailed description of the game with some additional commentary. His review, though, is more interesting to read than the actual movie is to watch. Except for the game idea, this feature doesn't really go anywhere.

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