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The Passionate Plumber (1932)

Passed | | Comedy | 6 February 1932 (USA)
To make her lover jealous, a beautiful socialite passes off a bumbling plumber as her paramour.

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writers:

Laurence E. Johnson (adaptation), Ralph Spence (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Elmer E. Tuttle
Jimmy Durante ... Julius J. McCracken
Polly Moran ... Albine
Irene Purcell ... Patricia Jardine
Gilbert Roland ... Tony Lagorce
Mona Maris ... Nina Estrados
Maude Eburne ... Aunt Charlotte
Henry Armetta ... Bouncer
Paul Porcasi ... Paul Le Maire
Jean Del Val ... Chauffeur
August Tollaire August Tollaire ... General Bouschay
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Storyline

Elmer Tuttle, a plumber in Paris, is enlisted by beautiful Patricia Alden to help her make her lover Tony Lagorce jealous. Tony, however, is two-timing Patricia with Nina Estrados. Elmer, with the help of his friend Julius, hopes to use the high-society contacts he's made with Patricia to find a market for his new invention, a pistol with a range-finding light. But Elmer's attempts to interest a military leader are mistaken for assassination attempts, and with Tony and half the male uppercrust of France challenging Elmer to duels, he is in hot water not even his plumbing skills can drain away. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Passionate Plumber was the un-handiest handy-man in town! (1962 reissue lobby card). See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

6 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passionate Plumber See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Patricia says her limo that Elmer wrecked cost 150,000 francs. That would equate to about $5,892 at the time or around $104,000 in 2016. See more »

Quotes

Albine: If you'd put that man out of your mind, you'd be better off.
Patricia: Oh, don't talk like a silly goose!
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Connections

Version of Le plombier amoureux (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz Viennese
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Music by Leo Kempinski
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Cute, typical 1930s comedy
11 September 2012 | by tracytaborSee all my reviews

I thought this was a light, fun romp, 1930s style. Of course Keaton is the scene stealer in this one. I know he didn't like to do so much talking in these films, but I like his voice and delivery. I feel this film also utilizes his wide range of facial expressions more than the other MGM films. Jimmy Durante is as irritating as ever, but for some reason he hit it off with 1930s American audiences. His pairing with Keaton however, was a poor choice. I also feel Keaton did a remarkable job in this film as his life had begun to fall apart about this time. He could have made a successful go at these sort of screwball type films, but as an artist, he felt they were ridiculous and a waste of time. If MGM had let him take control of his own films, then we would have something revolutionary to watch. That being said, This one is enjoyable. Sure, it's not a classic or well thought out film, but it made me laugh, and I saw the old Keaton in there, just a little.


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