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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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Taglines:

Champion "Nuts" of Universe in Riot of Slam Bang Fun and Whoopee! (Print Ad- Niagra Falls Gazette, (Niagra Falls, NY)) 4 March 1931)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Budget:

$287,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This film was a success at the box office, earning RKO a profit of $225,000 ($3.36M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Addington Ganzy: Why, do you realize that since nineteen-hundred-and-ten, they have discovered 52 new ways of dying?
Wilbur Boswell: Oh, and you don't look well.
Addington Ganzy: Yes, why, uh, uh... People are dying this year that have never died before!
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
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Music by Harry Ruby
[Played by the hotel band just prior to the rainstorm.]
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One of the Best Wheeler and Woolsey Comedies
31 May 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is a very funny film starring Wheeler and Woolsey, a comedy team that is all but forgotten these days. Their brand of humor tended to be verbal and punny, but they were also adept physical comedians as well.

Here the pair end up helping, and romancing, a runaway fom a rich family. She's inherited a hotel and the boys decide to help her turn it into THE hot spot. Using their way with words they manage to have newspapers write the place up---mentioning how safe their safe is. This of course brings a steady stream of crooks all of which want to be the one to crack the safe.

Extremely well written, the film suffers from a few slow spots where the fast and furious dialog stop for a silent shot or moment. Normally it wouldn't be bad, but here it off sets the pacing of the film, which for the most part is fast moving, even if it seems not to have a direction.

If you want to see a good comedy you haven't seen before, by all means pick this up, its 75 minutes well spent.


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