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While the Cat's Away (1936)

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Shemp Howard ... Henry
John Berkes ... Johnnie (as Johnnie Berkes)
Anita Garvin Anita Garvin ... Emma
Jean Cleveland Jean Cleveland ... Johnnie's Wife
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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big V Comedies (1935-1936 season) #7: While the Cat's Away See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #1911-1912. See more »

Soundtracks

The Little Things You Used to Do
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Johnnie fills up the trunk and during the salesman's visit
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The Mice Don't Play Nicely
19 September 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Director Lloyd French had spent a good many years at the Hal Roach studio, so it's hardly surprising to find that this Vitaphone short borrows extensively from from two Laurel & Hardy shorts -- HELPMATES and UNACCUSTOMED AS WE ARE. While Shemp Howard is, as always, Shemp Howard, Johnny Berkes' performance is clearly modeled on Stan Laurel. There's even Anita Garvin on hand.

As a Laurel & Hardy fan I find it a bit unnerving to see some of the routines reused, but Shemp, although best as a supporting comic, certainly knows how to handle rough-and-ready comedy. His means of mixing hair of the dog is funny and he certainly keeps busy. Berkes, in contrast, just walks through his role, careful not to get in anyone's way and waiting for the payoff gag. The result is a good if not stellar comedy.


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