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Opening Night (1931)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  January 1931 (USA)
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It's the opening night of what has the buzz of being a spectacular new but heavily dramatic play, "Hot Sands". No one will be seated during the first ten minutes after the curtains go up ... See full summary »

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Helen Eby-Rock
Leo Hoyt
Thomas E. Jackson
Dorothy Sands
Peggy Shannon
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It's the opening night of what has the buzz of being a spectacular new but heavily dramatic play, "Hot Sands". No one will be seated during the first ten minutes after the curtains go up because of the serious and integral nature of the scene. People are scrambling for last minute tickets, all that is left being the poorer seats, that is before the performance eventually sells out minutes before show time. Mrs. Walker Pendleton is waiting in front of the theater for her husband to arrive, he who has their tickets. As he is nowhere to be seen, she believes he must have left a ticket for her somewhere. As it gets closer to curtain, she speaks to whoever she can to find her ticket, at the expense of others being able to get theirs or get into the theater. When Mr. Pendleton eventually does arrive, another issue arises which threatens either Mr. or Mrs. Pendleton being able to see the show, as well as perhaps their marriage. Written by Huggo

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Fun Vitaphone Short
13 September 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Opening Night (1931)

*** (out of 4)

This 7-minute short from Vitaphone-Warner certainly isn't anything that you're going to compare to CITIZEN KANE but it's pleasant enough for what it is. A big show is opening on Broadway and everyone wants to get a ticket no matter what. After the show sells out the ticket window girl hears all sorts of excuses from those trying to get in. At such a short running time, one really shouldn't expect anything overly complicated and that's certainly a good thing as the film is certainly entertaining enough to where you could show it to someone who's not familiar with the studio and they'd get a good idea of what type of humor they did best. The girl playing the ticket taker does a very good job and I really enjoyed her fast-talking comebacks and best of all is the fact that the majority of them are funny. The group of people trying to get in are also mostly hits and this includes an annoying older lady who "must" see the show since her rich friends are also doing so. Her husband forgets the tickets and this is where the fun starts. Again, this is certainly far from a classic film but film buffs should enjoy its brand of humor.


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