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Reducing (1931)

Approved | | Comedy , Drama | 3 January 1931 (USA)
A beauty parlor manager has her sister help her with interesting results.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles F. Riesner)

Writers:

Beatrice Banyard (dialogue continuity), Robert E. Hopkins (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Dressler ... Marie Truffle
Polly Moran ... Polly Rochay
Anita Page ... Vivian Truffle
Lucien Littlefield ... Elmer Truffle
William Collier Jr. ... Johnnie Beasley (as Buster Collier Jr.)
Sally Eilers ... Joyce Rochay
William Bakewell ... Tommy Haverly
Billy Naylor Billy Naylor ... Jerry Truffle
Jay Ward Jay Ward ... Marty Truffle
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A beauty parlor manager has her sister help her with interesting results.

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Taglines:

They're in a new racket now They make fat women thin and thin women fat! They'll make you laugh louder than is normally considered polite! (Print Ad- The Guardian,((Montreal,PQ)) 27 February 1931) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Academia de Beleza See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Dressler is first in the Reducing Palar she pulls a lever that sends a chair crashing into glass. There is a huge swastika on the glass. See more »

Quotes

Stuttering Ticket Agent: Where are you going?
Marie Truffle: New York. I want to go to New York.
Stuttering Ticket Agent: You'll want to go by Buffalo.
Marie Truffle: No, I want to go by *train*!
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Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Folks at Home
(Swanee River) (1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played in part on flute by Lucien Littlefield
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A Light Touch of Class
12 August 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Suffering hard times in South Bend, hefty Marie Dressler (as Marie Truffle) moves her poverty-stricken family to New York. There, she moves in with her generous, more well-to-do sister Polly Moran (as Polly Rochay). Ms. Dressler joins Ms. Moran at work in her "Beauty Parlor" and "Reducing" salon, with calamitous results. Dressler is frequently funny, and Moran mostly so; but, the comedy suffers whenever the focus becomes their respective daughters' love story. Dressler and Moran squabble over the younger women's interest in the same man, which becomes an issue about class. Still, Dressler is terrific, especially in the first half. And, capable daughters Anita Page (as Vivian Truffle) and Sally Eilers (as Joyce Rochay) strengthen the weaker parts.

***** Reducing (1/3/31) Charles Reisner ~ Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Anita Page


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