Two incompetent private detectives pose as swamis in order to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers.

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Detective Benny Rubin
Harry Gribbon ...
Detective Harry Gribbon
Heinie Conklin ...
Dopey
Eddie Boland ...
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Budd Fine ...
Mugs (as Bud Fine)
Arthur Thalasso ...
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Billy Franey ...
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Ivan Linow ...
Jabez
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Two incompetent private detectives pose as swamis in order to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers.

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21 March 1932 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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Benny Rubin teamed with Harry Gribbon as incompetent detectives, a good vehicle for both
26 December 2004 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Benny Rubin made a number of comedy shorts for RKO-Pathe in 1931, some of which are not listed on the IMDb. This short teams Rubin with the great former Sennett star Harry Gribbon. As a bank robbery with tons of machine gun fire is happening right next to them, the boys are sleeping in their car/office. Eventually, they trail the crooks and wind up posing as psychics. Rubin's non-stop verbal riffing and Gribbons' pained reaction shots are classic. The only flaw with this is that the last section of the film, in the house (and the attic of the house) where the crooks are hiding, goes on too long. Other than that, this is a worthwhile addition to the Benny Rubin filmography (see my reviews of his two previous sound features where he was teamed with Rex Lease: SUNNY SKIES and HOT CURVES). Rubin had a long career, both as an actor and a writer. He is well-known to Jack Benny fans for his appearances with Jack on both radio and TV, and he had supporting roles on TV and in movies until the 1970s. While he is best known as a Jewish-dialect comedian, he did many different dialects during his career. His RKO-Pathe shorts are worth searching out.


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