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A still from Cracked Nuts (1931)

Cracked Nuts

1931 | United States | 65 min
  • Assorted Nuts
  • Watched on Sun Oct 11, 2020 via
    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    I came to this film having never heard of Wheeler and Woolsey. Reading up, I learned they were a top-grossing comedy duo in the early 1930s. This explains the surprising number of sets and why the script proves little more than a setup for Woolsey’s one-liners.

    Wheeler plays a hapless schmuck trying to woo his dream girl. When her aunt objects to their marriage, Wheeler tries to better his position by funding a coup in a remote nation. Upon arrival, he discovers his old friend (played by Woolsey) has already assumed the crown. Boris Karloff plays a conman duping Wheeler.

    It’s a convoluted plot that I didn’t find funny, but the high production values kept it watchable. Chalk it up as a well-produced disappointment.

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