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Arthur B. Woods,
Based on the Broadway play "Kempy" that opened at the Belmont Theatre, 125 W. 48th St., on May 15, 1922 and ran for 38 performances. A revival in 1927 at the Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St., and ran for 46 performances. See more »
Roland Young is pretty good as the other man in this comedy about a woman who marries the plumber and causes all sorts of fuss. It's based on the stage play "Kempy" by Elliot Nugent and his father, J.C. Nugent, and stars them.
Unfortunately, director E. Mason Hopper is constrained by the immobility of the camera and everyone speaks slowly so their words can be understood, so Roland Young's comic timing has problems. It's he who has the task of speeding up the thought processes of Elliot Nugent. Marion Shilling, who usually played pieces of fluff, is stiff as a board. In fact, everyone but Young is, which pretty much explains what happened to everyone's career. The younger Nugent became a respect writer and director, but not off this. It would require top-ranked actors to make this sort of dialogue flow.
This is supposed to be the first MGM talkie issued without a silent version. Considering how much dialogue there is, it's not surprising. Alas, the dialogue is not very good.
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