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It's Your Move (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 10 August 1945 (USA)
Edgar's landlord wants to sell the house Edgar is renting. He has to come up with the money in two weeks or the landlord will sell it out from under him.



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Florence Kennedy
Florence's Mother
Jack Rice ...
Maxine Semon ...
Larry Wheat ...
Mr. Henderson, Edgar's Landlord
Gwen Crawford ...
Washing Machine Customer
Edmund Glover ...
OPA Detective
Sammy Blum ...
Man with Chair (as Sam Blum)


Edgar and Florence Kennedy live in a rented house owned by Mr. Henderson. When Henderson tells them that he is planning on selling the house, Edgar, under the terms outlined, wants to buy it. What he doesn't know is that Florence has lent all their money to her brother, Jack, to open a second-hand furniture store. In helping Jack at the store, Edgar does whatever he can to raise the $2,500 down payment in two weeks. His efforts get him and Jack into one predicament after another. Florence and her mother may have the answer to all their problems. But their old washing machine may throw a wrench into their grand plan. Written by Huggo

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Contrary to certain claims, the stairway depicted in the film is NOT the one also seen in the two Laurel and Hardy's comedy shorts, "Hats Off" (1927) and "The Music Box" (1932). A different staircase for "It's Your Move" was utilized although located in the same vicinity where the "Music Box Steps" are in the Silver Lake District of Los Angeles. Known as the Descanso Stairs, they are situated at the intersection of Descanso and Larissa Drives, specifically between the residences of 3217 Descanso Dr. and 3200-3206 Larissa Dr., and one block from Sunset Blvd. which can be seen in the background in several long shots. See more »


Remake of Hats Off (1927) See more »

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It's our only clue
25 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

A routine Edgar Kennedy comedy short which has something of a cult reputation nowadays,mainly because a long sequence in the middle of this film has a washing machine being carried up a large flight of stairs.This happens to be a reworking of a sadly lost Laurel & Hardy comedy,HATS OFF(1927),which was directed by the same man,Hal Yates.HATS OFF was the inspiration for L&H's legendary Oscar-winning THE MUSIC BOX(1932),but IT'S YOUR MOVE is the only clue we have to the content of HATS OFF until it ever turns up in some archive or private collection somewhere.The reworking of HATS OFF into this somewhat obscure short was virtually unknown and unnoticed for decades,until it turned up on early morning British TV in January 1988.

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