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Rough on Rents (1942)

After the family leaves for a trip, Edgar rents out the apartment to a troublemaker who likes to throw wild parties.


Ben Holmes


Charles E. Roberts (screen play), Harry D'Arcy (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Edgar Kennedy ... Edgar Kennedy
Florence Lake ... Florence Kennedy
Dot Farley ... Florence's Mother
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Florence's Brother
Bud Jamison ... Renter
Dorothy Granger ... Renter's Wife (as Dorothy Grainger)
Marten Lamont Marten Lamont ... Neighbor
Charlie Hall ... Mr. Jones
Gertrude Astor ... Miss Finch, Landlady
Max Wagner ... Policeman
Kernan Cripps ... Policeman


Edgar has become a compulsive horseplayer, much to his mother-in-law's chagrin. In order to get enough money to pay off persistent bookie Charley Hall, he rents his apartment to Bud Jamison. The Kennedy in-laws are going on a month's vacation, which fits into Ed's plans. However, when Jamison throws a wild party and his wife Dorothy Granger shows a more than casual interest in Edgar, the Average Man's finds his troubles are just beginning. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edgar Kennedy: [after his mother-in-law has turned off the horse race and turned on a cooking show] Now I don't know what happened! When I'm listening to the radio. I don't want any salad dressing with the race results!
Florence's Mother: I have as much right to listen to cooking lessons as you have to the horse races, and I can eat my results!
Edgar Kennedy: [Exaperated] Well, you're the only one who can!
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(aka "There's No Place Like Home") (uncredited)
Composed by Euphemia Allen (a.k.a. Arhur de Lulli) (1877)
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The Wild Party
6 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

With Florence Lake, Dot Farley and Jack Rice on vacation, Edgar rents the apartment to Bud Jamison, who throws a party. When the cops show up and the holidaying trio due back, Edgar gets everyone out of the apartment -- except for Jamison's wife, Dorothy Granger (in a blonde wig) in this typically funny entry in Kennedy's long-running RKO "The Common Man" series.

Jamison was born in 1895. He entered the movies in 1915, in support of Charlie Chaplin at Essanay, but soon found himself a member of the troupe supporting Harold Lloyd. A veteran of five hundred shorts and feature films, he died in 1944 from a heart attack probably caused by diabetes and his unwillingness to see doctors; he was a devout Christian Scientist.

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