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Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)

Passed | | Comedy | 28 February 1931 (USA)
A man tries passing off a socially awkward fellow as a Casanova in the hopes of marrying off his would be sister-in-law.


Edward Sedgwick


C.W. Bell (play) (as Charles W. Bell), Mark Swan (play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Reginald Irving
Charlotte Greenwood ... Polly Hathaway
Reginald Denny ... Jeffrey Haywood
Cliff Edwards ... Bell Hop
Dorothy Christy ... Angelica Embrey
Joan Peers ... Nita Leslie
Sally Eilers ... Virginia Embrey
Natalie Moorhead ... Leila Crofton
Edward Brophy ... Detective
Walter Merrill Walter Merrill ... Frederick Leslie
Sidney Bracey ... Butler (as Sidney Bracy)


Jeff wants to get married to Virginia, but Virginia won't marry until her older, hard-to-please sister Angelica gets married off first. Jeff pretends that a shy, never-married nobody he has just met is really a great lover, in order to get Angelica interested in him. Written by Snow Leopard

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A dozen maidens waiting for his cave-man wooing- and Buster hadn't ever kissed a girl! (Print Ad- Nassau Daily Review, ((Freeport NY)) 12 June 1931) See more »




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Release Date:

28 February 1931 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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A modern source lists Eugene Pallette in the cast. Although he was in the 1920 version, he was not in this film. See more »


After Reggie throws the gun through the closed hotel window, he opens it and looks straight down to see the policeman on the sidewalk who picked up the gun. The view of the sidewalk is unobstructed. A moment later, Reggie climbs out the same window onto a fire escape that was not there in the previous view. See more »


Jeffrey Haywood: All right, have it your own way; but, remember, I warned you.
Angelica Embrey: Warned me? You've intrigued me.
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Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »


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Music by Mel Kaufman
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I found Parlor, Bedroom and Bath a very funny early Buster Keaton talkie
28 July 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When I watched "Matinee at the Bijou" on Saturday afternoons on PBS during the early '80s, this was one of the movies featured there. It was also my first exposure to Buster Keaton having previously read about him in an encyclopedia of movie comics called "The Funsters". The most funny parts I remember from that first viewing was when he kept trying to do his "I Love You" routine while extending his arms to various women in a mechanical way. Now that I've watched this again on the "Industrial Strength Keaton" DVD collection, I found it even more funnier having just seen many of his silent shorts with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and his later TV appearances and industrial films. Okay, so maybe some of the dialogue was a bit contrived and some scenes were a bit frantic but still I managed to laugh during the whole thing especially during the free-for-all-finale. Also, Cliff Edwards as the bell boy and Charlotte Greenwood as the woman Buster was supposed to meet at the hotel deserve special mention for their chemistry with The Great Stone Face. Oh, and the reactions of Joan Peers as Nita, who's trying to get her husband jealous, as she reacts to Buster's accidental "moves" were also funny to me. Really, I was just doubled over with laughter at this one especially during some visual stuff like that car-train sequence or the wet-floor-everyone-slips-on scene. So on that note, if you're a Keaton fan curious about these early talkies with him, I highly recommend Parlor, Bedroom and Bath. P.S. Ms. Peers was another performer who's from my birthtown of Chicago, Ill.

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