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What-No Beer? (1933)

What! No Beer? (original title)
Passed | | Comedy | 10 February 1933 (USA)
Two men decide to cash in on the end of Prohibition by selling watered down beer.

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writers:

Robert E. Hopkins (original story), Carey Wilson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Elmer J. Butts
Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy Potts
Roscoe Ates ... Schultz (as Rosco Ates)
Phyllis Barry ... Hortense
John Miljan ... Butch Lorado
Henry Armetta ... Tony
Edward Brophy ... Spike Moran
Charles Dunbar Charles Dunbar ... Mulligan
Charles Giblyn Charles Giblyn ... Chief
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Although he has never met her, Elmer Butts loves Hortense secretly and from afar. He dreams of making a million dollars so he can buy her a Rolls automobile and marry her. With prohibition apparently on the verge of ending, Elmer's friend Jimmy Potts gets an idea to make them both rich by opening a brewery just before the legalization of alcoholic beverages. Their timing is off, and the police raid them, but their inept brewing has created a beer with no alcohol, so they are let off. But it has also resulted in a cheaply made beer, and bootlegger Spike Moran realizes that he can vastly increase his profits by partnering with Elmer and Jimmy. But none of them reckons with the competitor, another bootlegger, gangster Butch Lorado. Butch has a girlfriend....Elmer's dream girl, Hortense. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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More Kick Than Real Beer! See more »

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Trivia

This film's initial television broadcast in New York City took place Monday 16 December 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); it was first telecast in Philadelphia 3 October 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6) followed by San Francisco 17 December 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). Apparently, because of its age and reputation, Los Angeles television viewers never had a chance at it at this time, since there's no reliable documentation it was ever shown by KTTV (Channel 11), who then had access to the MGM film library. See more »

Goofs

Elmer and Jimmy are told by the brewery's previous owner that the bank had foreclosed on him "years ago". If so, the bank would own the brewery and it wouldn't be his to sell. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Jimmy Potts: Ha-chi-cha-chi-cha!
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Connections

Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Played by a band at the end
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Excellent slapstick
6 December 2004 | by SoftKitten80See all my reviews

I found this movie to be highly entertaining. Durante and Keaton are marvelous together. It is a shame more people don't know about this little gem. Keaton especially is so endearing and so believable. The gowns and furs on the leading lady were outstanding, the height of art deco elegance. Unrealistic for a gangster's moll, but extremely elegant. The cut of one of the dresses was just amazing. The movie moves along at a quick pace, and is just the right length. It is reminiscent of The Lavender Hill Mob, a group of endearing, comedic men trying to pull off a caper. It could also be viewed as a piece of history as it was filmed right around prohibition time.

Surely something all beer lovers would enjoy, the enthusiasm of all that beer.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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