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Pass the Gravy (1928)

Max's neigbour Schultz is breeding chicken, that are always after Max's flower seed, and Schultz bride is his rooster Brigham. Max's daughter loves Schultz's son, so they try to forget ... See full summary »

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Fred Guiol (as Fred L. Guiol)

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Reed Heustis (titles)
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Cast overview:
Max Davidson ... Father
Martha Sleeper ... Daughter
Bert Sprotte Bert Sprotte ... Schultz
Gene Morgan ... Schultz's Son
Spec O'Donnell ... Ignatz
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Max's neigbour Schultz is breeding chicken, that are always after Max's flower seed, and Schultz bride is his rooster Brigham. Max's daughter loves Schultz's son, so they try to forget their battling, and decide to have a nice engagement party. Max gives his son $2 to buy a chicken, but he wants to keep the money and takes one of Schultz's chicken - Brigham. At the table he notices his mistake, informs his sister, who informs her fiancee. Only Max and Schultze don't notice and the evidence of Max's son's misdoings, the rooster's ring is on Schultze's plate. The two lovebirds try to inform Max who first doesn't understand, neither does Schultz, who notices them doing strange things behind his back. When Max realises, what is on his table, it is almost too late... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Too simple a story idea...it needed MORE.
6 February 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love Max Davidson comedies, though I must admit that "Pass the Gravy" was a bit of a disappointment. While I was happy that the film wasn't slapstick and was more story-driven than many comedies, it took the simplest idea and beat it into the ground.

When the story begins, you learn that Schultz loves his prize chickens...particularly Brigham. After a small argument, his neighbor (Davidson) decides thisis all nonsense....after all, their children just got engaged and they're going to be co-in-laws. So, he suggests that he prepares them all a nice chicken dinner. So, he gives his idiot son a couple bucks and tells him to buy a nice chicken. But the knucklehead instead finds one...and it's Brigham. Well, Pop didn't know and he cooks the bird...and is about to feed it to Schultz.

So far, this is actually a pretty good build up for the story. Unfortunately, it goes no where. For so much of the film, the betrothed couple realizes what had happened and they try to tell Pop through a lot of pointless and ridiculous pantomime. Then, they begin playing keep away with the piece of chicken Schultz just took because it has Brigham's identification band on it. Again, not bad ideas but this took up about 2/3 of the film!! Talk about overdoing a simple joke.

My advice is find another Davidson film...such as the brilliant "Jewish Prudence"....you'll thank me for it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Und ein stolzer Hahn dazu See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Runtime:

| (2011 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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