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Hook Line and Sinker (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 26 December 1930 (USA)
Two fast-talking insurance salesmen meet Mary, who is running away from her wealthy mother, and they agree to help her run a hotel that she owns. When they find out that the hotel is run ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writers:

Tim Whelan (screen play and dialogue), Ralph Spence (screen play and dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Wilbur Boswell
Robert Woolsey ... Addington Ganzy
Dorothy Lee ... Mary Marsh
Ralf Harolde ... John Blackwell
Jobyna Howland ... Mrs. Rebecca Marsh
Natalie Moorhead ... Duchess Bessie Von Essie
Hugh Herbert ... Hotel House Detective
George F. Marion ... Ritz de la Rivera Bellboy
Stanley Fields ... McKay - Blackwell Henchman
William B. Davidson ... Frank Dukette (as William Davidson)
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Storyline

Two fast-talking insurance salesmen meet Mary, who is running away from her wealthy mother, and they agree to help her run a hotel that she owns. When they find out that the hotel is run down and nearly abandoned, they launch a phony PR campaign that presents the hotel as a resort favored by the rich. Their advertising succeeds too well, and many complications soon arise. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hook, Line and Sinker See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film, along with Amos 'n' Andy's Check and Double Check (1930), were the most successful of RKO's 1930 productions. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Rebecca Marsh: Mr. Pansy?
Addington Ganzy: "Ga-," "Ga-."
Mrs. Rebecca Marsh: Mr. Gaga?
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An Entertaining Comedy
8 January 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This comedy starts out very well with a promising set-up, and although it cannot maintain the same standard throughout, it's mostly entertaining, if rather silly. Wheeler and Woolsey make a pretty good comic team, and the complicated, deliberately implausible plot provides them with some good moments. Director Eddie Cline, better known for the comedies he made with Buster Keaton and W.C. Fields, keeps things on track.

We are first introduced to the two leads in a funny scene where they try to talk a policeman out of giving them a ticket. Shortly afterwards, they are involved in all kinds of complications at a run-down hotel, involving a large cast of dubious characters. While the pace is a little uneven, it keeps your attention, and there are also a couple of clever lines of dialogue. While it doesn't quite fulfill its early promise, this is definitely worth a look if you enjoy comedies from the 30's.


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