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The Bath Dub (1921)

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The manager of a new hotel is in trouble--it's opening day and his staff has quit, including the plumbers who have yet to install any bathtubs in the rooms. As angry guests keep demanding ... See full summary »

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Thomas La Rose

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Billy Franey
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Billy Franey
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The manager of a new hotel is in trouble--it's opening day and his staff has quit, including the plumbers who have yet to install any bathtubs in the rooms. As angry guests keep demanding rooms with a tub, the manager's janitor tells him of someone he knows who has invented the "automatic bathtub"--just what the manager thinks he needs to keep his guests happy. However, the inventor hasn't quite gotten all the "bugs" out of his invention yet. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Short

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USA

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Reelcraft Pictures See more »
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Silent
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another side of slapstick
17 June 2006 | by mkilmerSee all my reviews

This was my first experience with Billy Franey, and they referred to the studios which made this type of short comedy as "Poverty Row." Kind of a like a B-movie today, and I am grateful that some of these still exist. It's part of the slapstick experience Sign me up for did-5's review, as it sums up my feelings as well. It was the grand opening of the Hotel Kazazus, and the manager, Kazumpus, watched as his entire staff quit and the plumbers sent him a note saying that they couldn't install the bathtubs. His janitor, after almost taking his head off several times with a mop, tells him of his brother the inventor, The guests arrive. This is 1921, and the guests have to let the front desk know when checking in if they want a bathtub in their room. It seems odd by today's standards, but today's standards are meaningless in the world of these comedies.

As angry guests – and they all seemed angry going in – phoned the front desk to demand a bath tub, "ZING," it would move from room-to-room. It's a mess, but it's a splendid situation for such a film.

The guests, angrier than ever, eventually tell the manager that they will leave his hotel if he does not fire the inventor of the "automatic bathtub." He does, "ZING," and the bath tub chases him away.

It's a fun movie for the fan. These folks were some of the most inventive comedians in history.


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