The Man From Blankley's

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

A short, funny film that pokes great fun at the differences among the classes. Barrymore was rarely seen during these early days in anything less than doublet and hose, so it was a surprise when he decided he wanted to try his hand at a modern-day comedy. Although the cast is American, someone must have worked very closely with them to firm up their British...read more

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A short, funny film that pokes great fun at the differences among the classes. Barrymore was rarely seen during these early days in anything less than doublet and hose, so it was a surprise when he decided he wanted to try his hand at a modern-day comedy. Although the cast is American,

someone must have worked very closely with them to firm up their British accents, as they are virtually without flaws. Barrymore is a muddle-headed peer who wanders into the wrong house when he drinks a bit too much. The hostess of the home has planned a gala dinner and only has 13 guests, so

she's hired a professional company, Blankley's, to supply her with someone befitting the other attendees at the dinner. She thinks it's Barrymore and invites him in. The film makes sport of the American guests and is a sharp satire with some fine slapstick scenes as well. Barrymore dominates the

proceedings as the pomposity of parvenus is punctured. Fitzroy is the hostess and Carver is hilarious as a noisy Chicago matron who alternately slaps backs and hoots, then settles down in a vain attempt to act as a classy dowager instead of another version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. The

picture is sort of stagy for good reason; it was a stage play to start with. The short running time makes one wonder how much was cut out. This was Young's thirteenth feature film and she was not yet 18 years of age.

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