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It's Your Move (1945)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  10 August 1945 (USA)
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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:
Edgar Kennedy ...
Edgar Kenney
Florence Lake ...
Mrs. Florence Kennedy
Dot Farley ...
Florence's Mother
Jack Rice ...
Jack, Florence's Brother
Maxine Semon ...
Lady at Top of Stairs
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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Comedy | Short






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10 August 1945 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 Your Move (1945)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Edgar Kennedy gets the news from his landlord that the house he's been renting is going to be sold. Kennedy has two weeks to come up with the down payment or he'll have to move out. In order to raise some money he starts to sell off some of his personal items and one woman wants to buy his washing machine but her house is at the top of a large number of stairs. This RKO two-reeler is an interesting film because it's a remake of the 1927 Laurel and Hardy film HATS OFF, which is sadly lost. As you can tell from the storyline, Laurel and Hardy themselves remake it in their Oscar-winner THE MUSIC BOX so technically this is the third version of the story. This certainly isn't a bad film but at the same time it's really lacking when compared to at least the previous version. The biggest problem is that the screenplay doesn't try to do anything clever or smart with the material as the only "joke" is Kennedy and his brother-in-law carrying the washing machine up and down the stairs. THE MUSIC BOX took this and made it a real adventure but this film here doesn't go for anything other than the cheap gag and to be honest it's funny the first time but after that it just grows tiresome. Kennedy is in good form and I found him funny during the first portion of the film when his wife gives him some bad news. At just over 17-minutes there aren't enough laughs to make this a complete success but those familiar with the Laurel and Hardy film will want to check this out just to see what they attempted to do with the same story.

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