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Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)

Passed | | Comedy | 28 February 1931 (USA)
A man tries passing off a socially awkward fellow as a Casanova in the hopes of marrying off his would be sister-in-law.

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writers:

C.W. Bell (play) (as Charles W. Bell), Mark Swan (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Reginald Irving
Charlotte Greenwood ... Polly Hathaway
Reginald Denny ... Jeffrey Haywood
Cliff Edwards ... Bell Hop
Dorothy Christy ... Angelica Embrey
Joan Peers ... Nita Leslie
Sally Eilers ... Virginia Embrey
Natalie Moorhead ... Leila Crofton
Edward Brophy ... Detective
Walter Merrill Walter Merrill ... Frederick Leslie
Sidney Bracey ... Butler (as Sidney Bracy)
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Storyline

Jeff wants to get married to Virginia, but Virginia won't marry until her older, hard-to-please sister Angelica gets married off first. Jeff pretends that a shy, never-married nobody he has just met is really a great lover, in order to get Angelica interested in him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Taglines:

The real laugh panic of the year - he's a ladies' man. (ad cut).

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parlor Bedroom and Bath See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened in New York City on 24 December 1917 and ran for 232 performances. See more »

Quotes

Polly Hathaway: First, you seize me. One arm around my neck. Comme ci comme ça. Well, come and get this. Are you anchored?
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Connections

Alternate-language version of Casanova wider Willen (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Step On It
(uncredited)
Music by Mel Kaufman
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Wacko comedy! From the best straight face of filmdom
21 June 2010 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton were the top comedy actors of early filmdom, each with his own characteristic persona. And, among all of the early and later comedians, none played a better dumb straight face role than Keaton. Not until Peter Sellers came along was there another actor who could so well mix straight face with buffoonery, slapstick, screwball antics and clever – but ever so short, lines.

Keaton proved to be as good in the talkies as he had been in the silent movies. But for the stripping of his creative freedoms in new contracts after the advent of sound, he might have given us many more years of great comedic roles. Thankfully, recent generations are coming to see the genius and talent of this great entertainer.

It is tempting, as some reviewers have alluded, to judge Keaton mostly on his slapstick scenarios, which were often so prominent in his best silent films. But, Keaton was so much more than falling down comedy. And he continued to show his broader genius into his first talkies, as this film shows — even as the studios kept imposing more and more strictures that would eventually lead him to a premature retirement from film-making.

In Parlour, Bedroom & Bath, we see Keaton at his deadpan best. Just listen, look and laugh. How anyone can watch this film and not howl during a good half dozen segments is beyond me. The film itself is wacko from the start. So, put the best wacko actor of the time in it and all you have is a great laugh vehicle to enjoy time and again.

PB & B pokes fun at a lot of aspects and stations of life. The rich and trivial, success and workaholics, glamor and the plain, marriage and love, fidelity and infidelity — all get a little treatment with humor and slapstick. It's too bad for those few folks who may have watched this film and just don't know how to laugh. Sometimes, we have to look for the genius and great in the simple. And there's plenty of that in this film. I wish all who watch it anew the same or more laughter from the head and the heart that I have had.


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