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Thundering Tenors (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 7 February 1931 (USA)
A socially inept radio star causes chaos while trying to fit in at a high society dinner party.

Director:

James W. Horne

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charley Chase ... Charles A. Chase
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Mrs. Dillon
Elizabeth Forrester Elizabeth Forrester ... Mrs. Henderson
Dorothy Granger ... Dorothy Dillon
Lena Malena ... Doctor Schmidt
Edward Dillon ... Mr. Dillon (as Eddie Dillon)
Dell Henderson ... Senator D.H. Henderson (as Del Henderson)
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A socially inept radio star causes chaos while trying to fit in at a high society dinner party.

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Alternate-language version of El alma de la fiesta (1931) See more »

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Not the Best Chase Short But....
4 February 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Believe me, I understand that Charley Chase did a lot better shorts than this one -- his next was the classic THE PIP FROM PITTSBURGH. Despite the title, Charley doesn't sing, the leading lady is Dorothy Granger and not Thelma Todd, the gags seem a lot more random and unprefigured, and instead of musical cues, we get Marvin Hatley doing sound effects. The thing is, random and chaotic and un-Chase-like as they are, they're all funny and I enjoyed the movie vastly.

Still, it's not top-drawer Chase, and when things go wrong, you look for a scapegoat. I'm going to point the finger at studio head Hal Roach. This was Jame Horne's last credit as Chase's director. He would be turned over to direct Laurel & Hardy, and although his replacement would be Charley's brother James Parrott, the set must have been chaotic by Chase's standards. Roach did this a lot to Charley, moving his director to another unit, on the grounds that he was a fine comedy director himself. Yeah, but when you're appearing in a movie, you need a director, and the movie suffers.

Still, there are plenty of funny gags -- I love the sequence in which chiropractor Lena Malena tries to remove a fishbone from Charley's throat, I think the sound effects are very funny and Dorothy Granger is cute as a bug in her first big role, even though she didn't last.


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