Buster se marie (1931)

80 mins | Comedy | 1931

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HISTORY

Buster et marie was a French version of the 1931 M-G-M film Parlor, Bedroom and Bath , which was directed by Edward Sedgwick and starred Buster Keaton and Charlotte Greenwood. The onscreen credits for this French version were taken from a studio cutting continuity.
M-G-M also produced a German version of the film, entitled Casanova wider Willen . That version, which likely was not released in the U.S., was directed by Edward Brophy, with scenario and dialogue by Richard Schayer. The German film starred Keaton as "Reggie Irving," Paul Morgan as "Jonny Jackson," Marion Lessing as "Anna," Karla G as "Evelyn," Françoise Rosay as "Blanche Brissac," Leni Stengel as "Harriet," Gerda Mann as "Kitty," George Davis as "Hotel-Boy" and Wolfgang Silzer as "Robert."
       According to the Var review, most of the English and foreign-language versions of the film were shot on location at Keaton's Beverly Hills home. A biography of Keaton notes that when the actor was first shown the working script for this farce comedy, he took an instant disliking to it and indicated that it was the type of comedy he did not appreciate. An earlier film based on the same play was Metro's 1920 production, also entitled Parlor, Bedroom and Bath , which starred Eugene Pallette and Ruth Stonehouse, and was directed by Edward ... More Less

Buster et marie was a French version of the 1931 M-G-M film Parlor, Bedroom and Bath , which was directed by Edward Sedgwick and starred Buster Keaton and Charlotte Greenwood. The onscreen credits for this French version were taken from a studio cutting continuity.
M-G-M also produced a German version of the film, entitled Casanova wider Willen . That version, which likely was not released in the U.S., was directed by Edward Brophy, with scenario and dialogue by Richard Schayer. The German film starred Keaton as "Reggie Irving," Paul Morgan as "Jonny Jackson," Marion Lessing as "Anna," Karla G as "Evelyn," Françoise Rosay as "Blanche Brissac," Leni Stengel as "Harriet," Gerda Mann as "Kitty," George Davis as "Hotel-Boy" and Wolfgang Silzer as "Robert."
       According to the Var review, most of the English and foreign-language versions of the film were shot on location at Keaton's Beverly Hills home. A biography of Keaton notes that when the actor was first shown the working script for this farce comedy, he took an instant disliking to it and indicated that it was the type of comedy he did not appreciate. An earlier film based on the same play was Metro's 1920 production, also entitled Parlor, Bedroom and Bath , which starred Eugene Pallette and Ruth Stonehouse, and was directed by Edward Dillon. More Less

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PRODUCTION TEXT
A Buster Keaton Production
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DIRECTORS
Réalization de [Dir]
Dial dir
WRITERS
Dialogue et scenario de [Dial and scr]
Dialogue additionnel de [Addl dial]
Adaptation française de [French adpt]
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Photographie de [Photog]
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Décorateur [Art dir]
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Montage de [Ed]
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Costumes de [Ward]
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LITERARY
Based on the play Parlor, Bedroom and Bath by Charles W. Bell and Mark Swan (New York, 24 Dec 1917).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Parlor Bedroom and Bath
Casanova wider Willen
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
French
SYNOPSIS

[The following plot summary is based on the English-language version of this film, Parlor, Bedroom and Bath ; character names refer to that version.] Jeffrey Hayward is in love with Virginia Embrey, but Virginia refuses to marry him until her sister Angelica, who is four years older than she, finds a husband. Frustrated by Virginia's stipulation, Jeff threatens to marry Angelica himself. Meanwhile, outside the Embrey estate, Reginald Irving, a homely billboard painter, is hit by a car while walking along the road. The injured pedestrian is rushed to the Embreys', where Jeff decides to fix him up with Angelica. In order to make Reginald more appealing to the snobbish Angelica, Jeff tells her that Reggie is famous and pays women admirers to surround Reggie and make him seem important. The hapless sign painter, bewildered by all the activity, tries to escape by climbing out of his window, but he is spotted by Jeff, who tackles him and brings him back. Reggie is soon put in charge of managing Angelica's eight million dollar estate. Jeff orders him to stay and continue the hoax until marriage arrangements between him and Angelica are made firm. Believing that Reggie will appear more desirable to Angelica if he is caught having an affair with another woman, Jeff enlists the help of gossip columnist Polly Hathaway, who agrees to meet Reggie at a hotel. Knowing that the half-witted Reggie is incapable of romancing a woman properly, Jeff gives him step-by-step instructions to seduce his date when he gets to the hotel. Jeff's plan goes awry when Reggie mistakes the dejected Nita, a friend of the Embreys', ... +


[The following plot summary is based on the English-language version of this film, Parlor, Bedroom and Bath ; character names refer to that version.] Jeffrey Hayward is in love with Virginia Embrey, but Virginia refuses to marry him until her sister Angelica, who is four years older than she, finds a husband. Frustrated by Virginia's stipulation, Jeff threatens to marry Angelica himself. Meanwhile, outside the Embrey estate, Reginald Irving, a homely billboard painter, is hit by a car while walking along the road. The injured pedestrian is rushed to the Embreys', where Jeff decides to fix him up with Angelica. In order to make Reginald more appealing to the snobbish Angelica, Jeff tells her that Reggie is famous and pays women admirers to surround Reggie and make him seem important. The hapless sign painter, bewildered by all the activity, tries to escape by climbing out of his window, but he is spotted by Jeff, who tackles him and brings him back. Reggie is soon put in charge of managing Angelica's eight million dollar estate. Jeff orders him to stay and continue the hoax until marriage arrangements between him and Angelica are made firm. Believing that Reggie will appear more desirable to Angelica if he is caught having an affair with another woman, Jeff enlists the help of gossip columnist Polly Hathaway, who agrees to meet Reggie at a hotel. Knowing that the half-witted Reggie is incapable of romancing a woman properly, Jeff gives him step-by-step instructions to seduce his date when he gets to the hotel. Jeff's plan goes awry when Reggie mistakes the dejected Nita, a friend of the Embreys', who has just had a quarrel with her husband Frederick, for his date and takes her to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, Reggie's car stalls on railroad tracks and is destroyed by a passing train, forcing the couple to hitchhike in the pouring rain. Drenched, the two arrive at the hotel, while Angelica and Virginia set out in search of them. Nita is shocked when Reggie tries to force his intentions upon her, and she attempts to flee. When Polly arrives at the hotel, she begins to rehearse Jeff's romancing instructions with Reggie. While Polly teaches Reggie how to kiss, Jeff arrives and, realizing that Reggie has bungled the scheme, warns him that Nita's jealous husband is on his way to kill him. Again, not knowing that it is Polly with whom he is supposed to be caught, Reggie turns to Leila Crofton, another of Angelica's friends, and begins making love to her. Virginia and Angelica burst into the room in the middle of Reggie's attack, but before they are able to react, Frederick arrives on the scene and pulls a gun on Reggie. Jeff manages to save Reggie, but when a gunshot rings out, Polly falls to the floor and is believed to be dead. Everyone flees from the scene when the police arrive, except for Reggie, who tries to hide the body. When Polly regains consciousness, she urges Reggie to use Jeff's lovemaking method on Angelica, and it appears that he and Angelica will become lovers. +

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