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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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Genres:

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

Edited into Happy Times and Jolly Moments (1943) 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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One of the greatest comedy shorts of the sound era
1 February 2005 | by 2reelersSee all my reviews

My specialty in the comedy shorts field are those produced by Columbia Pictures, however, "Keystone Hotel" (Warner Brothers-Vitaphone Corporation), is perhaps my all-time favorite of any comedy short from any studio. What more could one ask for in a two-reeler paying homage to the early slapstick comedy of Mack Sennett? There's plenty of everything Sennett made famous...The Keystone Kops, car chases, bathing beauties (well sort of...there is a beauty contest), pie fights, and a dream cast of former Mack Sennett players still doing what they did best some 10-20 years earlier. I highly recommend this film. It's funny, fast-paced, and a real delight to see old timers like Ben Turpin and Ford Sterling at the top of their game.

It's too bad that a series wasn't developed from this terrific crowd pleaser.


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