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Fast Workers (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 10 March 1933 (USA)
Gunner and Bucker are pals who work as riveters. Whenever Bucker gets the urge to marry, which is often, Gunner will hit on his girl to see if she is true or not. So far, Gunner has not ... See full summary »

Director:

Tod Browning (uncredited)

Writers:

John McDermott (play) (as John W. McDermott), Laurence Stallings (dialogue)
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Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Gunner Smith
Robert Armstrong ... Bucker Reilly
Mae Clarke ... Mary
Muriel Kirkland ... Millie
Vince Barnett ... Spike
Virginia Cherrill ... Virginia
Muriel Evans ... Nurse
Sterling Holloway ... Pinky Magoo
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Scudder
Warner Richmond ... Feets Wilson
Bob Burns ... Alabam' (as Robert Burns)
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Gunner and Bucker are pals who work as riveters. Whenever Bucker gets the urge to marry, which is often, Gunner will hit on his girl to see if she is true or not. So far, Gunner has not failed. But one night, while Gunner is in jail, Bucker meets Mary, a tough dame with a line. He falls for her, and she falls for his dough. But Mary is already a gal pal of Gunner, and no two know about the third one. The trouble starts when the triangle is revealed too late. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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They were not the marrying kind, so they agreed that neither one could wed until his pal had tried to win his girl away! The funniest love-test ever made, with thrills and laughs galore when they both fall for the same girl! See more »

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rivets See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last film of John Gilbert under his contract with MGM. See more »

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Millie: Well, that's the quickest I ever saw a throw-a-beer-in-the-lap gag.
Mr. Shore: It's old. A little Javanese girl pulled it on me years ago.
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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Fast Workers (1933)

*** (out of 4)

Tod Browning directed film, which I'm going to guess will be my most shocking viewing of the year. Construction working buddies John Gilbert and Robert Armstrong spend the nightlife tracking down girls but Armstrong's got the habit of being hustled by the women. One night he meets one of these hustlers (Mae Clarke) but doesn't know what she's up to. Gilbert does know because he's seeing her on the side. I said this will be my most shocking viewing of the year because this film has one of the worst reputations of any film from the 1930s but I found myself really, really ejoying the film and getting completely caught up in its story. This is also rather shocking because I'm not that big of a fan of Browning's sound pictures. What really worked for me was the three stars who all give very good performances. I was really caught off guard by Gilbert because I had heard he wasn't that good in sound pictures but I found him very entertaining and charming here. Armstrong was very funny in his role and Clarke was giving several good scenes. This is a very strange film as it starts out as a comedy and then moves into a very mean spirited drama and then the director finishes it off like one of his horror films. A very strange film but I really enjoyed it. One of Gilbert's final pictures at MGM as he was to die three years later at the age of 36.


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