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Kickin' the Crown Around (1933)

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.


Sam White


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


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Cast overview:
Bobby Clark ... Blackstone - The 'Diplomat' (as Clark)
Paul McCullough Paul McCullough ... Blodgett - The 'Diplomat' (as McCullough)
Ferdinand Munier Ferdinand Munier ... King Phooey
Leni Stengel ... The Queen
Francis McDonald ... Disputin
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Nikki, the Prime Minister
Neal Burns ... Messenger


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








Release Date:

4 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Totally stupid....and that's not so bad!
25 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1930s, Bobby Clark and Paul McCullough were a big comedy team on stage. Their humor was very lowbrow but the jokes came at lightning speed--such like Olsen and Johnson. However, despite their success, they weren't quite so successful in films. While they made about three dozen comedy shorts, their careers were cut short when McCullough had a nervous breakdown and subsequently killed himself! A fine end to a comedy duo! If you're looking for their films, a few of them are available for free download from archive.org and there's one on YouTube--but most seem to be missing or at least unavailable at this time.

"Kickin' The Crown Around" is set in the fictional monarchy of Jugo- Jaggon. In this bizarro kingdom, salami has been outlawed and there is a big underground smuggling movement. So, the king calls for his two new diplomats, Clark & McCullough, to find out who is behind all this illegal salami. The trail leads to Disputin (a goofy Raspitin- like bearded weirdo) and the Queen!

This one is non-stop goofiness--the sort of thing kids and Marx Brothers fans would probably like. While most of the jokes were pretty bad, there was a certain fun and likability to the zaniness and it left me wanting more. Well worth seeing as the team mock the stupidity of Prohibition.

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