Ultra-Rare Pre-Code Comedies, Volume 1
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: January 31, 2017
- Originally Released: 1930
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Bert Lahr, Charley Grapewin, Billy Bevan, Ruth Hiatt, Glenn Tryon, Monte Collins, Frances Lee & Johnny Arthur|
|Directed by||Mack Sennett & Ray McCarey|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Down With Husbands (1930): Johnny Arthur and Bert Roach form the Husbands' Protective League when their wives go on strike. Those prim and proper ladies include Frances Lee, who later instructed Richard M. Nixon's daughters in etiquette.
Honeymoon Beach (1932): Glenn Tryon is set on marrying Ruth Hiatt, but his plans are squashed when her mother sets her up with Billy Bevan instead. The jilted Glenn then recruits a rowing team of swimsuit-clad lovelies to make Ruth green with envy. Tryon and Bevan were both popular comedians during the silent era.
Techno-Crazy (1933): In this bizarre short, Monty Collins falls in with a secret society of Bolsheviks promoting "technocracy", a socialist utopia of the future. To further their cause, they have him plant a bomb in mayor Billy Bevan's mansion. But when Monty gets an eyeful of Bevan's sexy daughter, the revolution goes out the window.
Hizzoner (1933): To guarantee the opposing candidate's victory, dim-witted cop Bert Lahr is tricked into running for mayor by the city's political bosses. The plan backfires when Bert wins. It isn't long before the clueless sap runs the city into the ground. Lahr was at the time an incredibly popular stage comedian, often working in vaudeville and burlesque. But he will forever be remembered for playing the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Director Ray McCarey was the younger brother of Leo McCarey (Duck Soup), but never reached the stature of his more prolific older sibling.
No More West (1934): Bert Lahr is a big city boy hung up on tales of the Old West. When his playing cowboys and Indians causes a ruckus, he's brought before a judge who prescribes him rest and relaxation...out West. The judge is played by Charley Grapewin, who also appeared in The Wizard of Oz (he was Dorothy's Uncle Henry.) Lahr made these shorts in New York while simultaneously appearing on Broadway. They were produced by Van Beuren Studios, better known for their animated cartoons.