Love Birds is a 1934 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and written by Doris Anderson, Henry Myers and Tom Reed. The film stars Slim Summerville, ZaSu Pitts, Mickey... See full summary »
Walter Brennan appears approximately 25 minutes into the film as Zasu Pitts is singing dressed as an artist with "Whistler's Mother" in the background. As she finishes, Nat Pendleton applauds and the audience turns to stare at him. Brennan is on the right. See more »
Rummage around, see if you can find yourself in those things and we'll get at this bath.
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This down at the heels production provides a lot more laughs than a lot of star filled comedies of its day with leads brought up from the supporting ranks. Zasu Pitts, Nat Pendleton, Edward Everett Horton, Pert Kelton and Ned Sparks more or less apply the same type they excel at in other films without stars stepping in front of their shot or impeding the flow of humor with a half baked romance and for the most part carry it off nicely.
T. Fenny Sylvestor ( Pendleton) makes a good living at cracking safes and kidnapping. During a job he hear's Annie Snodgrass (Pitts) warbling a tune about mom at a rehearsal. stopping the heist dead in its tracks. He then devotes himself to putting Annie on the Broadway stage by way of intimidation.
Sing and Like It is populated with Runyonesque characters playing it broad and sober. The cast of scene stealers have the patter down right and the script by Marian Dix and Laird Doyle runs from high sarcasm (after all Ned Sparks is in the room) to subtle wit (" Look at all the diamonds I've given ya' and not a mark on ya." ) It's unfortunate both writers had brief careers given the promise displayed here.
William Seiter's direction allows for dead moments (How many times must we listen to Ms. Pitts murder the same tune?) as well as a fair share of brutal slapstick in places but overall the team of second stringers he fields all have a good game making Sing and Like It a winner.
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