Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)





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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)
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Buster Keaton
as Reginald Irving
Charlotte Greenwood
as Polly Hathaway
Reginald Denny
as Jeffrey Haywood
Cliff Edwards
as Bell Hop
Dorothy Christy
as Angelica Embrey
Joan Peers
as Nita Leslie
Sally Eilers
as Virginia Embrey
Natalie Moorhead
as Leila Crofton
Edward S. Brophy
as Detective
Wally Merrill
as Frederick Leslie
Walter Merrill
as Frederick Leslie
Sidney Bracey
as Butler
Eugene Pallette
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Parlor, Bedroom and Bath

All Critics (2)

A terrible film.

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pinballs unevenly between contrived slamming door farce and a poor approximation of Keaton's silent comedy knockabout.

September 3, 2009
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Parlor, Bedroom and Bath


Keaton's last great movie. It' brilliant and funny.

Aj V
Aj V

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