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Keystone Hotel (1935)

The Keystone Hotel hosts a very prestigeous beauty contest. When the cross-eyed judge presents the first prize to an elderly cleaning woman, angry members of the audience respond by hurling... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Staub

Writer:

Joe Traub (story and screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ford Sterling ... Sterling, Chief of Police
Ben Turpin ... Count Drewa Blanc
Chester Conklin ... Mayor Carson
Marie Prevost ... Mrs. Clarabelle Sterling
Hank Mann ... House Detective
Vivien Oakland ... Mrs. Carmenchita Carson
Dewey Robinson ... Gangster Chief
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The Keystone Hotel hosts a very prestigeous beauty contest. When the cross-eyed judge presents the first prize to an elderly cleaning woman, angry members of the audience respond by hurling custard pies. The Keystone Kops are summoned, and arrive just in time to get plastered with pastry. Written by Peter W. Many, Jr. (pmsusana)

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big V Comedies (1935-1936 season) #1: Keystone Hotel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (home cinema)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reels #1732-1733. See more »

Connections

Featured in The X-Files Game (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

She's a Latin from Manhattan
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when the woman is using the vibrating belt machine
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A silent classic -- with sound
12 July 2004 | by proffateSee all my reviews

In 1935, somebody came up with a brilliant idea: make a talking short that would epitomize the slapstick comedies of the silent era. Silent comics, pushed into obscurity by the advent of talkies, were readily available.

Never mind about the plot; it only exists as a framework on which to hang new renditions of classic silent gags. The finale, of course, is a massive pie fight in the hotel ballroom while the Keystone Kops rush to quell the riot. Segments of the pie fight are frequently used as stock footage; it's likely that everyone has seen portions of it at one time or another.

Altogether, a nostalgic short that captures the flavor of the silent era. Good fun.


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