23 September 1933
|Robert F. McGowan||Hal Roach||Kenneth Peach||Bert Jordan||Harry Baker|
|Richard Cramer is in a London bar, in such a drunken state he makes Arthur Housman look like a tea-totaller! He is served by barman Jack Barty as he enquires after a "duke", but to no avail. Outside in the street, a couple of well-dressed gentlemen (Douglas Wakefield and his stooge Billy Nelson) enter the bar and order a drink. Upon learning that one of the gentlemen is "The Duke of Wakefield", Cramer offers the men ten pounds if they will accompany him to meet his wife. They agree and all head off to a boat, where they are greeted by Cramer's seven year-old daughter (Alice Raetz). Cramer leaves the two men with the girl whilst he ventures off to find his wife.
The girl is a fresh as a daisy and entices "The Duke" to play a violin whilst in her cabin. The instrument is actually a tommy gun which fires off several rounds of ammunition before the theme turns to baseball using a live hand grenade. The girl pitches, Billy swings and The Duke is catching. Three attempts later and the bomb is thrown through a porthole and explodes in the sea, which sends a fish flying (conveniently) back through the same hole and onto The Duke's nose. After relieving Duggie of the fish, Billy is repeatedly splashed in the face as the fish spits water at him. To make matters worse, the child revels in his discomfort and ends up taking a (hard-to-view) spanking. The mother storms into the room and smacks Billy one in the mouth (totally deserved too!)
The Dorigan's announce the engagement of their daughter Molly to The Duke. A fight breaks out at the reception and Duggie is hunted by a jilted husband who had caught him with his wife earlier. Duggie grabs a bottle of nitroglicerin and so on and so forth... I will finish this review shortly!
•The IMDb give a release date of 23 September 1933; whereas Richard Lewis Ward's book "A History Of The Hal Roach Studios" simply states "1934".
Did you notice?
•In the opening sequence of London, the newspaper is dated April 6th and reads "Famous American Sails".
•Douglas Wakefield orders a double scotch and soda.
•In what is a very uncomfortable scene for me to watch, Billy Nelson spanks the child twelve times.
•The Dorigan's cabin is number 337.
The Duke of Wakefield
|Baby Alice Raetz
Chris Jaunsen (big thanks for helping me with a copy of the film!)
Jim Dallape (still)
Richard Finegan (4 stills)
Jorge Finkielman (cleaning poster)
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