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The Cradle Snatchers (1927)

Passed | | Comedy | 28 May 1927 (USA)
From a 1925 hit stage play by Russell G. Medcraft and Norma Mitchell about three unhappy, middle-aged housewives who teach their adulterous husbands a lesson by starting affairs with college-aged young men during the jazz age.

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Howard Hawks

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Sarah Y. Mason (scenario), Norma Mitchell (based on play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Louise Fazenda ... Susan Martin
J. Farrell MacDonald ... George Martin
Ethel Wales ... Ethel Drake
Franklin Pangborn ... Howard Drake
Dorothy Phillips ... Kitty Ladd
William B. Davidson ... Roy Ladd
Joseph Striker ... Joe Valley
Nick Stuart ... Henry Winton
Arthur Lake ... Oscar
Diane Ellis ... Ann Hall (as Dione Ellis)
Sammy Cohen Sammy Cohen ... Ike Ginsberg
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Osteopath
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From a 1925 hit stage play by Russell G. Medcraft and Norma Mitchell about three unhappy, middle-aged housewives who teach their adulterous husbands a lesson by starting affairs with college-aged young men during the jazz age.

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Comedy

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amanti per burla See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Boys Will Be Boys & How to Stop Them
26 July 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Three husbands go out every night, going you-know-where. Their wives decide that the only way to stop them is to make them jealous by hiring three college boys to woo them.

This was a successful Broadway farce and the resultant film that shows up on YouTube times out at 45 minutes, with a faded and abrupt final reel. It's clear that a lot of business has been cut out. Not the titles, amusing as they are; director Howard Hawks would shine, once sound came in, in Screwball comedy in which people would talk a mile a minute, only to fall into a lake. He's clearly just waiting for the chance. He also needs a topnotch cast to pull off his style of farce. Here he's got a mix of great performers going through their bits (Louise Fazenda, Arthur Lake); great performers without much to do (Edgar Pangborn, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ethel Wales); and possibly fine performers who don't have much screen time.

The result is a spotty comedy, with a long, dull set-up and then some wonderful comedy bits. It was good enough to keep me watching through the end.


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