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Next Door Neighbors (1931)

Song composer Howard Green is frustrated by disturbances his wife, in-laws, and landlord while writing his latest song.



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Cast overview:
... Mr. Howard J. Green, Composer
... Mrs. Green
... The Landlord
Georgie Billings ... Junior
... Herman Andrews - Broker
... Mrs. Andrews
Edgar Dearing ... Cop


Mr. Green is a composer; his next door neighbor has a headache and is trying to sleep. They share a telephone; Mr. Green's publisher keeps calling on it, which means he has to keep disturbing his neighbor. That, combined with the noise their wives keep making, leads to a rising level of anger and violence, to comic effect. To top it all off, their landlord is trying to repair a picket fence, but everyone keeps walking on it and breaking it. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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28 January 1931 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Mr. Howard J. Green, Composer: [Condescendingly then with frustration, as his wife is disturbing him by beating eggs] Darling, I cannot compose harmony with all this discord, and without harmony there'll be no composing, and without composing there'll be no money with which to buy eggs, so please boil 'em or fry 'em or poach 'em or something!
[He storms out]
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The Composer and the Headache
27 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Next Door Neighbors (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Mr. Green (Edgar Kennedy) is trying to compose his latest tune but the non-stop noise is distracting him. His neighbor, Mr. Andrews (Arthur Housman) is suffering from a headache and needs quiet. Pretty soon the two men are going back and forth while their poor landlord (Franklin Pangborn) has non-stop damage done to his property.

The feuding neighbors was a very popular form of comedy during the silent era with Laurel and Hardy perfecting it in their style. This short here is a low-budget attempt to recreate that magic and while this two reeler isn't a classic there are enough funny moments to make it worth watching. I think the film would have benefited from being a one reeler because the majority of the jokes get played over and over and over to the point where the film seems long winded. Still, Kennedy is in fine form as is Pangborn and there are some nice laughs along the way.

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