There are a few laughs in this one...but not many.
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
29 March 2017
Back during the silent era, Buster Keaton starred in a real gem, "One
Week". He marries a lady and decides to build a house from a kit.
However, a jerk deliberately screws with the plans and this results in
a bizarre mess of a house. It's very funny, very original.
In the 1930s, the Vitaphone division of Warner Brothers made a bunch of
very uninspired and often unfunny comedy shorts. One of them, "Why Pay
Rent?" is a bit like "One Week" but only if the folks building the
house were dumber than a pile of bricks. In many ways, this might have
worked better as a Three Stooges short...and which is interesting
because Shemp Howard stars in this one as well as Roscoe Ates...and
incredibly unfunny comedian whose shtick was stuttering...which was
annoying AND rather cruel.
The overall film is like most Vitaphone comedies of the 1930s...rather
unfunny and even a bit tedious at times (such as the two women sawing
off the table legs bit that went on and on and one). The final sight
gag is funny...but not enough to save this one. Overall, just watch
Keaton...your brain will thank you for this.
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