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Wrong Direction (1934)

A comedy of frustration as assistant director Edgar Kennedy is under pressure to complete a film at the studio in spite of a temperamental star and his obnoxious in-laws.


Alfred J. Goulding (as Alf Goulding)


Joseph Fields (story) (as Joseph A. Fields)


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Cast overview:
Edgar Kennedy ... Edgar Kennedy - Movie Director
Florence Lake ... Florence Kennedy - Edgar's Wife
Dot Farley ... Florence's Mother
William Eugene William Eugene ... Florence's Brother (as Billy Eugene)
Nat Carr ... Garner - the Producer
Jean Fontaine Jean Fontaine ... Carol Bonet - the Tempermental Movie Star


Assistant director Edgar Kennedy is exasperated enough in he and his wife Florence having to live with his mother-in-law and brother-in-law, but what's worse is that they don't seem to respect him or his abilities. He could direct a picture if he wanted to,... except the one he's working on now as it stars the temperamental and thus impossible to work with Carol Benet. He is thrown into the lion's pit when he has to take over directing the final few scenes of the movie which need to be completed by the end of the day. Beyond the fact that Miss Benet also doesn't respect him, whether Edgar is able to finish the movie or not by the deadline, if he doesn't which could mean the end of his career, is largely affected by the fact that Florence and her family have sneaked onto the studio lot. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

18 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Otto, studio policeman: [Not recognizing Edgar as he is dressed in stereotyped director's clothes] Where's your pass?
Edgar, Movie Director: Otto, don't you know me?
Otto, studio policeman: Look. it's Edgar, huh!
[He laughs]
Otto, studio policeman: I didn't know you in them togs.
Edgar, Movie Director: [Embarrassed] Well, I've been duck huntin'.
Otto, studio policeman: What? On a horse?
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Composed by Euphemia Allen (a.k.a. Arhur de Lulli) (1877)
Under opening credits and hummed by Lake.
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Edgar Kennedy back in the director's chair!
27 January 2007 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Australian director Alf Goulding who made the wonderful Tip Tap Toe (1932) here has an amusing hit at Poverty Row producers whose only concern was making a movie with a minimum number of slates. Natty little Nat Carr is the perfect Poverty prototype who insists that Edgar shoot each set-up with a minimum of two takes. He doesn't mind if Edgar takes all day because the cast and crew are hired by the day, not the hour. His petty concerns are limited to the amount of raw film stock used. Hence, a maximum of two takes.

Bungling, impatient Edgar, of course, goes about his task the wrong way and starts shooting almost as soon as he sits in the chair, instead of rehearsing for hours and playing about with dummy camera runs. And the star, naturally, resents Edgar's elevation—a fact that is also delightfully true-to-life. On a movie set, the assistant director has nothing at all to do with the stars who receive instructions solely from the principal director. Stars despise assistant directors and here Miss Temperament has to be coaxed into accepting Edgar by the executive producer.

After mollifying his star, the executive producer hurries off and we don't see him again until near the end of the day—again true-to-life.

It's a pity we are not shown more of the mechanics of movie-making (we see loads of the clapper-boy but the hairdresser, the make-up man and even the photographer don't get a look-in, though we do glimpse a couple of the operators) but at 19 minutes there's not time for everything.

The comedy mostly revolves around the device of having Edgar's idiot family visit the set and continually disrupt shooting. This is most definitely not true-to-life, but, as these incidents induce more than a few laughs, I don't suppose many patrons will object.

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