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Wrong Direction (1934)

A comedy of frustration as assistant director Edgar Kennedy is under pressure to complete a film at the studio in spite of a temperamental star and his obnoxious in-laws.


Alfred J. Goulding (as Alf Goulding)


Joseph Fields (story) (as Joseph A. Fields)


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Cast overview:
Edgar Kennedy ... Edgar Kennedy - Movie Director
Florence Lake ... Florence Kennedy - Edgar's Wife
Dot Farley ... Florence's Mother
William Eugene William Eugene ... Florence's Brother (as Billy Eugene)
Nat Carr ... Garner - the Producer
Jean Fontaine Jean Fontaine ... Carol Bonet - the Tempermental Movie Star


Assistant director Edgar Kennedy is exasperated enough in he and his wife Florence having to live with his mother-in-law and brother-in-law, but what's worse is that they don't seem to respect him or his abilities. He could direct a picture if he wanted to,... except the one he's working on now as it stars the temperamental and thus impossible to work with Carol Benet. He is thrown into the lion's pit when he has to take over directing the final few scenes of the movie which need to be completed by the end of the day. Beyond the fact that Miss Benet also doesn't respect him, whether Edgar is able to finish the movie or not by the deadline, if he doesn't which could mean the end of his career, is largely affected by the fact that Florence and her family have sneaked onto the studio lot. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

18 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Florence Kennedy - Edgar's Wife: Oh, my goodness. There's a murder in the paper every morning.
Edgar, Movie Director: [glaring at Brother] Wait 'til you see the evening papers.
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Composed by Euphemia Allen (a.k.a. Arhur de Lulli) (1877)
Under opening credits and hummed by Lake.
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Just too loud and unpleasant...
21 June 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Starting a couple years earlier, RKO began a long series of short films featuring Edgar Kennedy and his family--consisting of his wife (Florence Lake), mother-in-law and brother-in-law. And while Kennedy was quite good, the wife and family were over-written. In other words, the characters came on way too strong--making you hate them and wonder who would ever put up with such hateful and obnoxious people?! I mentioned Lake in particular because her shtick was defending her awful mother and brother no matter what they did AND laughing like a brain-addled idiot throughout the film. She was SO annoyingly unfunny I can't believe the series continued until Kennedy's death in 1948!

Like several of the other films in the series I've seen, this one is too difficult to watch because the family is so awful you just want to see them die--and you wonder why Edgar doesn't just kill them--I know I would have!! It begins with Edgar playing a guy much like himself--an actor and assistant director (yes, he actually directed some films). He gets his big break when the studio asks him to direct the final portion of the film by himself. However, his god-awful family invite themselves to the studio and repeatedly ruin the picture. Their antics might have been cute in smaller doses, but they were such uncaring and terrible people that I think it just went too far (once again) and the comedy got overwhelmed by the nastiness of these characters. Had they toned it down a bit, it might have worked--but here it just lacks any semblance of subtlety or grace. Loud and unpleasant much of the time. Kennedy does the best with what he's got, but even Laurel & Hardy would have had a hard time making this one work.

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