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Quiet, Please (1939)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Musical | 1 July 1939 (USA)

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Temperamental film director Nitvich sees himself as an auteur long before the term was coined and feels he must change the scripts to suit himself.



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Complete credited cast:
Charley Foy ...
Kathryn Kane ...
Marian Starr (as Katherine Kane)
Larry Williams ...
Don Ackerman
Max Imhof
Frederic Tozere ...
Carl Sears (as Fred Tozere)


The latest movie musical comedy starring movie stars Marian Starr and Don Ackerman is filming at Superb Pictures Studio under the directing helm of European import Nitvitch. Nitvitch's strong accent causing miscommunication issues, Marian always being late for her call times, and Marian and Don hating each other in real life while their on-screen characters are supposed to be in love are just a few of the issues plaguing filming. These problems may be compounded when Nitvitch, with the support of his right hand man, assistant director Sammy, gets the OK from producer Carl Sears to make changes to the script, which include changing the locale to a ice palace complete with synthetic ice made from sugar, an indoor snow blizzard scene and an extra character of a gorilla which will be played by a real gorilla plus a stand-in in a gorilla costume when required, that stand-in to be done by ex-prize fighter Max Imhof. As such, there may be just as much unintentional comedy behind the cameras ... Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy | Musical


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1 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Technicolor Specials (1938-1939 season) #6: Quiet, Please  »

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Marian Starr: [Frustrated] Oh, it's no use, Mr. Nitvich! I can't stand him! After all, I'm only human!
Mr. Nitvitch: Well, stop being human and act like a woman in louve!
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Springtime in Vienna
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Kathryn Kane (vocal) and Larry Williams (vocal), with chorus
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Frenetically Funny Fritz Feld
27 January 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Fritz Feld, best remembered for his long string of mouth-popping second bananas gets top billing as the self-important film director, Mr. Nitvich, in this Warner Brothers Technicolor short subject.

Like other Warner Brothers Technicolor shorts of the 1930s, it's a hodge-podge with a lot of mugging, a couple of songs and Charley Foy and Tom Kennedy as second and third bananas. It's also pleasant to note the silly, bright colors. It seems that no one was listening to Natalie Kalmus, the ex-wife of the founder of Technicolor. She was color consultants on a lot of films and was well known for wearing ridiculously colored hats and urging the use of subdued, naturalistic colors. By the middle of the next decade, she would be shipped off to Great Britain, where her advice would be ignored by Pressburger and Powell.

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