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No Place Like Rome (1936)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 26 October 1936 (USA)
1936 M-G-M press sheets claimed this short had the longest shooting schedule and the greatest number of players, over 600 including extras. ever allocated to a short from that studio. It ... See full summary »

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(as Reginald LeBorg)

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... Flavius - Roman Bachelor
... Lydia - Roman Slave Girl
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1936 M-G-M press sheets claimed this short had the longest shooting schedule and the greatest number of players, over 600 including extras. ever allocated to a short from that studio. It also didn't mention just how many of those 600 came from stock footage from the studio's Roman epics such as "Ben Hur." Anyway, back in (really) old Rome, an edict is issued from on high requiring the bachelors of Rome to either get married or get thrown to the lions. Frank Albertson plays a confirmed bachelor who has no desire to get married...until he sets eyes on the beautiful slave girl, played by Suzanne Kaaren. Scenario and music supplied by the music-trio team of Val Burton, Will Jason and Stanley Rauh. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Comedy | Music

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26 October 1936 (USA)  »

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M-G-M Miniature Musical: No Place Like Rome  »

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$10,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Includes archive footage from Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925). See more »

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Songs written by Val Burton, Will Jason, and Stanley Rauh
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Weird but enjoyable!
9 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

"No Place Like Rome" reminds me very much of the Eddie Cantor film "Roman Scandals", which came out three years earlier. Both feature an incredibly anachronistic and funny version of ancient Rome.

When the story begins, the President of Rome (president???) announces that in two months, every man older than 20 must be married...of they'll be thrown to the lions. The time comes for the lion- chucking...and young Flavius is still without a bride. However, he does meet a lovely and willing lady but there's a hitch...she is a slave.

The goofiness of this one is THE reason to watch this one. It reminds me a lot of a Three Stooges short...minus all the hitting! Well worth seeing because it was handled so well.


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