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Traveling Husbands (1931)

Several traveling salesmen get involved with business, booze, romance, party girls and a lot more while staying at a hotel Detroit.


Paul Sloane


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Cast overview:
Evelyn Brent ... Ruby Smith
Frank Albertson ... Barry Greene
Constance Cummings ... Ellen Wilson
Hugh Herbert ... Hymie Schwartz
Dorothy Peterson ... Martha Hall
Gwen Lee ... Mabel
Frank McHugh ... Pinkie
Carl Miller ... Ben Hall
Stanley Fields ... Dan Murphy - House Detective
Rita La Roy ... Daisy
Lucille Williams Lucille Williams ... Vera
Purnell Pratt ... J. C. Wilson
Spencer Charters ... Joe
Tom Herbert Tom Herbert ... Walter (as Tom Francis)


Several traveling salesmen get involved with business, booze, romance, party girls and a lot more while staying at a hotel Detroit.

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A Thousand and One nights on the Road Crowded into a Whirling Panorama! The Laughter...Tragedy...Heartbreak of Week-end Husbands and Stay-at-home Wives! (Print Ad- Rochester Evening Journal, ((Rochester NY)) 21 August 1931)


Comedy | Crime







Release Date:

15 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


RKO Radio Pictures production number 536. See more »


Ruby Smith: Laugh while you can. Because birds like you don't laugh long.
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There's a Sob in My Heart" (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Max Steiner
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The one about the traveling salesman
4 January 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This RKO precode is a restrained affair, in which much more is implied than directly shown and stronger for that delicacy. It plays nicely with the perception of drummers as a licentious bunch and we do get to see a lot of partying. The script, however, is more about the loneliness of the salesmen and their sense of isolation. Several actors who in just a few years would be reduced to supporting roles, like Hugh Herbert and Frank McHugh, are given a chance to act and Evelyn Brent gives a typically excellent performance.

The technical issues are well handled by Leo Tover, who would be Oscar-nominated several times in his career. He handles the camera beautifully and lights scenes dramatically when they call for it. A kind word should be offered about the uncredited editor, who sets up the process shots beautifully and seamlessly. There is a great montage shot that shows the wild abandon of the party scene that is a model for the effect.

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