Parlor, Bedroom and Bath

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath

Buster Keaton
Director: Edward Sedgwick Cast: Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
, Charlotte Greenwood
Charlotte Greenwood
, Reginald Denny
Reginald Denny
Edward Sedgwick

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Overview

Based on the stage comedy by Charles W. Bell and Mark Swan (previously filmed in 1920), Parlor, Bedroom and Bath is a curious mixture of all that was good and everything that was bad in Buster Keaton's talkie features. Keaton plays Reginald Irving, a dimwitted bill-poster who finds himself the pawn in a scheme cooked up by wealthy Jeffrey Haywood (Reginald Denny). It seems that Jeffrey will not be permitted to marry Virginia Embrey (Sally Eilers) until a suitable husband is found for Virginia's older sister Angelica (Dorothy Christy). Since Angelica has rejected all the available suitors, Jeffrey schemes to offer Reginald as an eligible mate. First, however, he has to transform our dopey hero into a gentleman -- and a great lover. Somehow or other, poor Reginald innocently ends up in a compromising situation involving vampish Polly Hathaway (Charlotte Greenwood) and the very married Nita Leslie (Joan Peers) at a posh no-tell hotel. Keaton is permitted a few choice pantomimic moments in Parlor Bedroom and Bath, notably his scenes with the aggressive Charlotte Greenwood and a spectacular sight gag "borrowed" from his 1920 silent classic One Week. On the whole, however, Keaton is lost in a sea of unfunny dialogue and tired farcical situations -- a not untypical pitfall of his MGM talkies. Long unavailable due to legal complications, Parlor, Bedroom and Bath can be purchased from any of the public-domain video companies proliferating in the U.S. (Incidentally, that baronial "upstate New York" mansion in the film's early scenes was actually Buster Keaton's Beverly Hills home)

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2004
UPC: 0089218456397
Original Release: 1931
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:12:00
Sales rank: 56,804

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Buster Keaton Reginald Irving
Charlotte Greenwood Polly Hathaway
Reginald Denny Jeffery Haywood
Dorothy Christy Angelica Embrey
Joan Peers Nita Leslie
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Bellhop
Sally Eilers Virginia Embrey
Natalie Moorhead Leila Crofton
Edward S. Brophy Detective
Wally Merrill Frederick Leslie
Sidney Bracey Butler
Eugene Pallette Actor
Paul Morgan Actor
Françoise Rosay Actor
Wolfgang Zilzer Actor

Technical Credits
Edward Sedgwick Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Robert Hopkins Screenwriter
Buster Keaton Producer
Richard Schayer Screenwriter
Leonard Smith Cinematographer
William Le Vanway Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Play [:46]
2. Chapter 1 [11:40]
3. Chapter 2 [11:40]
4. Chapter 3 [11:48]
5. Chapter 4 [12:53]
6. Chapter 5 [11:53]
7. Chapter 6 [11:30]

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