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Artist's Muddles (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 29 January 1933 (USA)
Andy "Sunshine" Wilson, a happy-go-lucky vagabond, catches a ride with motorist Luckenbach who is on a suicide mission, and nearly succeeds in his mission. Luckenbach is a great portrait ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Edwards (as Harry J. Edwards)

Writers:

Ernest Pagano (story and dialogue), Phil Whitman (story and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Andy Clyde ... Andy 'Sunshine' Wilson
Vernon Dent ... Luckenbach, the artist
Faye Pierre Faye Pierre ... Mrs. Georgette Cellini
Luis Alberni ... Pietro Cellini (as Louis Alberni)
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Andy "Sunshine" Wilson, a happy-go-lucky vagabond, catches a ride with motorist Luckenbach who is on a suicide mission, and nearly succeeds in his mission. Luckenbach is a great portrait artist suffering under the slight handicap of being unable to "do ears." The artist has painted a beautiful portrait of the wife of Pietro Cellini with the exception that her left ear is several times larger than it should be and not painted very well at that. Cellini also holds the keys to the city and Luckenbach getting the job of painting the city hall rides on Cellini's satisfaction with his wife's portrait. Andy accompanies the artist back to his studio, and this short being made in the pre-code days ensures the studio is filled with models wearing a little less than somewhat and less than that in a couple of cases. Andy, old but not dead, decides to stick around and help Luckenbach out. He and a monkey create a Pollack-type painting that Cellini views as a masterpiece, buys it and gives ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1933 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Coming Thru the Rye
Played on harmonica by Andy Clyde
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What it lacks in comedy it makes up in being loud!
18 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short from Educational Pictures is interesting because it pairs Andy Clyde with Vernon Dent. Just a few years later, both would leave for Columbia where they made a ton of shorts together and separately.

When the story begins, 'Sunshine' (Andy Clyde) is hitching a ride. Little does he know that that driver (Dent) is suicidal and planning on ending it all in the car! Fortunately, Sunshine talks him into not killing himself...and soon you learn that the man's frustration with a painting and a pain in the neck client have driven him to suicide...and soon Andy understands why.

Luis Alberni plays the obnoxious client...and he plays him with all the subtlety as a stripper at a Baptist Church picnic! In other words, we grossly overacts...which is NOT unusual for Alberni. Some of it is funny, some is not...but at least you can't say the film doesn't have a lot of energy!


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