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What, No Men? (1935)

A bill collector and a policeman are captured by a group of mad scientists and taken to an all-female Indian tribe for study.

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Gus Olsen - Gas Company Representative
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Saloon Owner
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Steve - Policeman
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A bunch of long bearded scientists, who consider themselves gentlemen, have conducted research on almost every topic imaginable. Their current research entails sending someone up into the stratosphere to discover why women are attracted to men. Not wanting any of them to be sent into the stratosphere, they send the two unwilling men who stumble into their midst, namely a mild mannered gas department bill collector and a masculine policeman. The two may be able to do this research for the scientists as they first land in the middle of a colony of native American woman, then into a wild west town comprised totally of women. While the policeman attracts all the feminine women, the gas worker attracts the aggressive women. One woman in the latter location, she who tells her story of why there are no men in the town, may ultimately be able to answer the experiment's question. Written by Huggo

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5 January 1935 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1934-1935 season) #12: What, No Men?  »

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Vitaphone production reels #1704-1705. See more »

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Edited into Musical Movieland (1944) See more »

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Scientific Gentlemen
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Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Sung by the scientists
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Well, that's ONE way to get rid of a bill collector!
5 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

"What, No Men?" is an incredibly frustrating film to watch. After all, it starts off wonderfully and then just loses its way...especially each time when the singing starts!

The story begins with a room of brilliant scientists. A bill collector (Ed Brendel) arrives...and it's an opportune time to test out their rocket ship. Inexplicably, they also toss a policeman (Phil Regan) inside as well. Soon the pair blast off and arrive (with wires if you look carefully) in the old west in this Flash Gordon inspired ship. There, they find a lot of very frisky American Indian ladies who want them in the worst possible way. The Medicine Woman, in particular, is infatuated with the pipsqueak bill collector. They hightail it out of there and arrive in town...a place also almost entirely made up of hot and semi-hot women who are aching for the guys...even the pipsqueak.

The film starts off with a great premise. The problem with this lovely to look at color short film is that whenever the plot starts getting funny, the folks would break into song...and the momentum would be totally lost. Plus, what followed the rocket blast off never really took advantage of the great situation....and it really lost its way later in the picture. This made it a very frustrating film to watch, as I really wanted to love it but couldn't.

If you see the film, pay close attention to the medicine woman. Although she's not listed in the credits, it sure sounded like Marjorie Main.


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