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Three on a Limb (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 3 January 1936 (USA)
A Scoutmaster falls for a beautiful young carhop, but finds that a beefy traffic cop is also courting her--and he doesn't want any competition.

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Charles Lamont

Writer:

Vernon Smith (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Buster Keaton ... Elmer Brown
Lona Andre ... Molly
Harold Goodwin ... Homer the Cop
Grant Withers ... Oscar
Barbara Bedford ... Addie
John Ince ... Molly's father
Fern Emmett ... Molly's Mother
Phyllis Crane Phyllis Crane ... Dot (Molly's car-hop friend)
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A Scoutmaster falls for a beautiful young carhop, but finds that a beefy traffic cop is also courting her--and he doesn't want any competition.

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tre su un ramo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Among the poorest films he made while at Educational.
29 June 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Three on a Limb" is from Educational Pictures--a company that specialized in low-budget comedy shorts, not educational movies. After Buster Keaton left his disastrous fun at MGM (the studio simply had no idea how to use him), he moved on to Educational. While his films were still a far cry from his great films of the 1920s, they were pleasant little comedies--provided you kept your expectations a bit lower. Oddly, though, in many of them they cast Keaton as a guy who becomes infatuated with a younger lady--as is the case with this one as well.

Buster is a Scout leader who meets a waitress at a drive-in restaurant (Lona Andre) and becomes infatuated with her. However, she tells him that two men already are planning on marrying her...so his chances seem pretty dim. Yet despite this, she brings him home to meet her family--and they are not impressed to say the least. When the wedding does arrive, the two men show up--as does Buster. And what happens next is mostly a lot of pushing and shoving--like you'd see in a Three Stooges film. This style was completely wrong for Keaton...plus it was a shabby way to end the film. As a result, it's one of the poorest outings during his stay with Educational.


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