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Kickin' the Crown Around (1933)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 4 August 1933 (USA)
Smugglers are on the loose and a thriving black market in salami is plaguing the nation. Clark and McCullough are hired to catch the smugglers. They are soon up to their ears in salami.

Director:

Sam White

Writers:

Ben Holmes (screen play), Baker Burns Kaye (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bobby Clark ... Blackstone - The 'Diplomat' (as Clark)
Paul McCullough Paul McCullough ... Blodgett - The 'Diplomat' (as McCullough)
Ferdinand Munier ... King Phooey
Leni Stengel ... The Queen
Francis McDonald ... Disputin
Charles Irwin ... Nikki, the Prime Minister
Neal Burns ... Messenger
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Smugglers are on the loose and a thriving black market in salami is plaguing the nation. Detectives Blackstone and Blodgett are hired to catch the smugglers. They are soon up to their ears in salami. But after managing to get themselves involved in their usual zaniness, complications, and scrapes, they emerge with arm-loads of salami. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
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This film opens with footage originally shot for the RKO comedy Diplomaniacs (1933). Edgar Kennedy and Richard Alexander are briefly seen in this stock footage. See more »

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The Untouchables take on the salami racket
18 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this small Ruritanian nation the 18,000 amendment to their constitution has outlawed salami. Any cold cut over a 4% garlic content is deemed to be bad for you. But there's a smuggling operation of illegal salami going on in his country and King Ferdinand Munier has hired Bobby Clark and Paul McCullough to be his Untouchables and seek out and destroy the import of illegal salami.

But that's hard to do with Queen Leni Stengel having a taste for the stuff. She and her shadowy counselor Disputin with appropriate long black beard played by Francis McDonald are the ones ultimately behind the great salami import racket thumbing their nose at the Prohibition of salami.

When this very funny short subject came out America was finally getting rid of the biggest insanity we ever attempted as a country as Prohibition was finally repealed. Kickin' The Crown Around is a wonderful satire on our own national embarrassment in trying to legislate morality.

And that final scene when the illegal salami is found. Bobby Clark's last line is priceless.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1933 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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