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Reducing (1931)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 3 January 1931 (USA)
A beauty parlor manager has her sister help her with interesting results.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles F. Riesner)

Writers:

Robert E. Hopkins (additional dialogue), Zelda Sears (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Dressler ... Marie Truffle
Polly Moran ... Polly Rochay
Anita Page ... Vivian Truffle
Lucien Littlefield ... Elmer Truffle
William Collier Jr. ... Johnnie Beasley (as Buster Collier Jr.)
Sally Eilers ... Joyce Rochay
William Bakewell ... Tommy Haverly
Billy Naylor Billy Naylor ... Jerry Truffle
Jay Ward Jay Ward ... Marty Truffle
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A beauty parlor manager has her sister help her with interesting results.

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Taglines:

They're in a new racket now They make fat women thin and thin women fat! They'll make you laugh louder than is normally considered polite! (Print Ad- The Guardian,((Montreal,PQ)) 27 February 1931) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Academia de Beleza See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Dressler is first in the Reducing Palar she pulls a lever that sends a chair crashing into glass. There is a huge swastika on the glass. See more »

Quotes

Stuttering Ticket Agent: Where are you going?
Marie Truffle: New York. I want to go to New York.
Stuttering Ticket Agent: You'll want to go by Buffalo.
Marie Truffle: No, I want to go by *train*!
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Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Folks at Home
(Swanee River) (1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played in part on flute by Lucien Littlefield
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fun old time black & white comedy
4 August 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Fun flick. Stuttering ticket-seller at the train station. Gotta love Marie Dressler - I think she was in almost EVERY black and white movie made before 1935, and she was great! Marie Truffle (Dressler) goes to visit cousin Polly (Polly Moran) in NYC to "help" her with her store. You can tell talkies had just started, since director Charles Reisner uses title cards here and there. Dressler would work with Reisner on seven different films in just three years. This one also has some slapstick comedy routines that could have been snitched from a three stooges show (in the beauty salon...) but the film has a quick pace and is fun to watch. It's a "country mouse goes to the big city" movie, and lots of bickering between Polly and Marie, but they forgive each other quickly every time. Dressler would make THIRTEEN films with Polly Moran, and three films with Roscoe Ates. Sadly, Marie would only make a couple more films after this one, including her most famous "Dinner at Eight" with all the big names in it. She died in her 60's in 1934.


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