The Passionate Plumber (1932)

73-74 mins | Comedy | 6 February 1932

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Cinematographer:

Norbert Brodine

Editor:

William S. Gray

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The Broadway version of the play Her Cardboard Lover starred Jeanne Eagels and Leslie Howard. The working title of the film was also Her Cardboard Lover . According to a news item in FD , Nils Asther was originally scheduled to appear in the film, probably in the role taken over by Gilbert Roland. Various news items in HR prior to the film's production noted that Robert Montgomery was originally cast in the lead in early Aug 1931 and that M-G-M had announced that it would shelve the picture in early Sep 1931. On 14 Sep, however, the project was re-activated when Buster Keaton was announced as the lead. Following Keaton's assignment, Leo McCarey was announced as the director, but was replaced by Edward Sedgwick. One news item noted that Byron Morgan was to adapt the play, however, his participation in the completed film cannot be confirmed. Charlotte Greenwood was announced for a role in the picture, but she did not appear in the film. Her role was probably to have been that of Aunt Charlotte, the part played by Maude Eburne. This was the first picture in which Jimmy Durante co-starred with Buster Keaton as a comedy team.
       A French-language version, Le plombier amoureux , was also produced in 1932. An earlier adaptation of Deval's play was produced in 1928 by Cosmopolitan for M-G-M release. That film, entitled The Cardboard Lover , was directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starred Marion Davies and Nils Asther. M-G-M made another film adaptation of the play, as adapted into English by Valerie Wyngate and Wodehouse, ... More Less

The Broadway version of the play Her Cardboard Lover starred Jeanne Eagels and Leslie Howard. The working title of the film was also Her Cardboard Lover . According to a news item in FD , Nils Asther was originally scheduled to appear in the film, probably in the role taken over by Gilbert Roland. Various news items in HR prior to the film's production noted that Robert Montgomery was originally cast in the lead in early Aug 1931 and that M-G-M had announced that it would shelve the picture in early Sep 1931. On 14 Sep, however, the project was re-activated when Buster Keaton was announced as the lead. Following Keaton's assignment, Leo McCarey was announced as the director, but was replaced by Edward Sedgwick. One news item noted that Byron Morgan was to adapt the play, however, his participation in the completed film cannot be confirmed. Charlotte Greenwood was announced for a role in the picture, but she did not appear in the film. Her role was probably to have been that of Aunt Charlotte, the part played by Maude Eburne. This was the first picture in which Jimmy Durante co-starred with Buster Keaton as a comedy team.
       A French-language version, Le plombier amoureux , was also produced in 1932. An earlier adaptation of Deval's play was produced in 1928 by Cosmopolitan for M-G-M release. That film, entitled The Cardboard Lover , was directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starred Marion Davies and Nils Asther. M-G-M made another film adaptation of the play, as adapted into English by Valerie Wyngate and Wodehouse, in 1942 under the title Her Cardboard Lover . That film was directed by George Cukor and starred Norma Shearer and Robert Taylor. (see entries above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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Film Daily
19 Oct 31
p. 8.
Film Daily
13 Mar 32
p. 10.
HF
5 Dec 31
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 31
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 31
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 31
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 31
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 31
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 31
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 31
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 31
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 32
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Mar 32
p. 42.
New York Times
12 Mar 32
p. 19.
Variety
15 Mar 32
p. 14.
CAST
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A Buster Keaton Production
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LITERARY
Based on the play Her Cardboard Lover by Valerie Wyngate and P. G. Wodehouse (New York, 21 Mar 1927), which was based on the play Dans sa cadeur naïve by Jacques Deval (Paris, 13 Jan 1926).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Her Cardboard Lover
Release Date:
6 February 1932
Production Date:
began early December 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 February 1932
Copyright Number:
LP2826
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73-74
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Elmer E. Tuttle, a Parisian plumber, is summoned by socialite Patricia Jardine's chauffeur, Julius J. McCracken, to fix her shower. Patricia is in love with Tony Lagorce, whom she met in Monte Carlo, but is trying to avoid him because Tony has told her he is married to Nina Estrados, who will not give him a divorce. Tony is not really married, however, and tells Nina that he can't marry her because he is married to Patricia and she will not give him a divorce. When Tony, who has just arrived in Paris, breaks into Patricia's room, he sees Elmer come out of the shower and assumes that he is her lover. He then challenges Elmer to a duel, which neither wins. At a fancy dress party, Elmer, helped by Julius, tries to show famous French general Bouschay the new pistol he has invented, but when he does, the general thinks that Elmer is an assasin and runs away. Because Elmer has fallen in love with Patricia, he is desperate to sell his invention so he can court her, and crashes the party once more. When Tony sees Elmer, he again thinks that Elmer is Patricia's lover, and she encourages his misconception when she takes Elmer to the baccarat table. There Elmer again encounters the general, who is as frightened of the gun as he was the first time, and pandemonium erupts. Later that night, Julius drags Elmer back to Patricia's house and she asks him to act as her lover to keep her away from Tony. Because she fears that her resolve may weaken, she tells Elmer to use force, if necessary, to keep her ... +


Elmer E. Tuttle, a Parisian plumber, is summoned by socialite Patricia Jardine's chauffeur, Julius J. McCracken, to fix her shower. Patricia is in love with Tony Lagorce, whom she met in Monte Carlo, but is trying to avoid him because Tony has told her he is married to Nina Estrados, who will not give him a divorce. Tony is not really married, however, and tells Nina that he can't marry her because he is married to Patricia and she will not give him a divorce. When Tony, who has just arrived in Paris, breaks into Patricia's room, he sees Elmer come out of the shower and assumes that he is her lover. He then challenges Elmer to a duel, which neither wins. At a fancy dress party, Elmer, helped by Julius, tries to show famous French general Bouschay the new pistol he has invented, but when he does, the general thinks that Elmer is an assasin and runs away. Because Elmer has fallen in love with Patricia, he is desperate to sell his invention so he can court her, and crashes the party once more. When Tony sees Elmer, he again thinks that Elmer is Patricia's lover, and she encourages his misconception when she takes Elmer to the baccarat table. There Elmer again encounters the general, who is as frightened of the gun as he was the first time, and pandemonium erupts. Later that night, Julius drags Elmer back to Patricia's house and she asks him to act as her lover to keep her away from Tony. Because she fears that her resolve may weaken, she tells Elmer to use force, if necessary, to keep her and Tony apart. When Tony arrives and asks Patricia to go away with him, she succombs to his charms, but then Elmer enters the bedroom and starts to kiss her, inciting a jealous Tony to leave. Elmer stays outside Patricia's bedroom door until morning, angering Patricia, who asks her maid Albine to think of a way to get rid of him. but nothing works. During one of her attempts to oust Elmer from the house, Patricia's Aunt Charlotte comes for a visit and suspects that Patricia is entertaining a man in her room. To save Patricia's reputation, Elmer then pretends that he is a doctor. When he briefly leaves the room, Patricia sneaks away in her aunt's clothes and goes to Tony, after which Elmer calls him and tells him to come to Patricia's house. Soon a furious Nina arrives at Patricia's house, followed by Patricia, who has just returned from Tony's . When the two women start to exchange information, they suddenly realize that Tony has been deceiving them both. When Tony arrives, they hide and listen as Tony explains his technique with women to Elmer. Infuriated, the women then appear and start throwing most of Patricia's furnishings at the incredulous Tony. After the melee, Tony leaves, followed by Nina, who decides that he really is the man for her. Then Patricia goes to Elmer, suddenly realizing that she loves him, and Julius goes to Albine, who is his perfect woman. +

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