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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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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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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
[Played by the hotel band just prior to the rainstorm.]
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Very Funny
24 February 2014 | by earlytalkieSee all my reviews

This Wheeler and Woolsey comedy manages to be one of their best and funniest. I watched this with a friend who normally doesn't laugh too much during early-talkie films, but he was roaring with laughter while watching this. This may be the only one of their films without any musical numbers, but the non-stop comedy makes up for it. Jobynna Howland is hysterical as cute Dorothy Lee' s imposing mother. Ralf Harolde is his usual villainous self, and Natalie Moorehead is very funny as a fake countess. I understand that this film was one of RKO's biggest profit-makers, released in December, 1930. The backlash against musicals was in full-force here, and even the opening credits have no music, a roaring motorcycle and blaring siren underscoring them. There is a brief bit of music during a party scene, played by an orchestra seen on-screen, and a brief fanfare over the end credit, and that's it. Again, I have to say, even though I am pre-disposed to musicals, this is so funny that I rank it over some of W&W's more musical efforts. If you want a good laugh, check this out.


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