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The Rounder (1930)

A drunkard climbs a ladder into a bedroom in the wrong house and gets romantically involved with the woman who lives there.


J.C. Nugent


J.C. Nugent (story and dialogue), Ralph Spence (interpolations)

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Complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Mr. Bartlett
Dorothy Sebastian ... Ethel Dalton
George K. Arthur ... Alfred Brown
Polly Moran ... Mary


Bartlett, a well dressed but drunk man, is able to convince a policeman passing by that the ladder he has set up to a second floor apartment building window is him trying to get into his own home. When he gets to the top of the ladder and into the room, he finds that it isn't his apartment, but that belonging to a beautiful young woman. She is socialite Ethel Dalton, who has just had an engagement-breaking argument with her fiancé, Alfred Brown, as she saw him seemingly cavorting with another woman. Despite being initially frightened by this strange young man in her apartment, she offers him a proposition: with a generous monthly stipend, marry her in name only, although they are to act married in public but not in private. He accepts. The next day when Ethel and Bartlett are to get married, she learns that what she saw Alfred doing with the other woman was innocent. The result is an unusual love triangle of sorts as Bartlett is still in the picture. That same policeman from the night... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

18 January 1930 (USA) See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Great Short Film with JACK BENNY!
29 March 2004 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Taped a few movies from early in the AM and this film appeared between the two movies. I was surprised to see Jack Benny,( Mr.Bartlett),"To Be or Not to Be",'42, who was very very young, and appearing as a drunk. Benny performed this comical role to perfection, but you have to also consider it was filmed in the 1930's and Jack was trying to become a comic actor in Hollywood which never worked out very well for him on the Big Screen! Mr. Bartlett encounters a very sexy woman who has been stood up by her lover. Dorothy Sebastian,(Ethel Dalton),"The Big Gamble",'69, encounters Mr. Bartlett in her apartment which was very naughty in those days! Great entertaining Classic Film with great Actors from the past!

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