What! No Beer?

Two of comedy's greatest masters appear together in this effervescent and irreverent slapstick about a couple of regular guys trying to cash in on the end of Prohibition.


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Genre:   Comedy
Director:   Edward Sedgwick
Writers:   Carey Wilson, Jack Cluett, Robert Hopkins
Cast:   Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Roscoe Ates, Phyllis Barry, Jo, John Miljan, Henry Armetta, Edward Brophy, Charles Giblyn
Theatrical Release Date:   02/10/1933
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What! No Beer?
 
4.0

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4.0

Fun comedy with an odd pairing.

By Kid Vicious

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    Comments about What! No Beer?:

    Unusual pairing of Jimmy Durante and Buster Keaton. A casting choice forced on Keaton by MGM. He felt Durante's loudmouth style would overwhelm his more sublime comic touches. But Buster holds his own even when Durante is tearing up the scenery. One of Keaton's better talkies. Fun, fast paced with a clever premise that puts the boys in dutch with the mob.

     
    4.0

    " GIVE ME ONE..."

    By J.Gabin

    from Pasadena, CA

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    Comments about What! No Beer?:

    The print is pretty good,the image is sharp, excellent contrast, and the sound is quite good too. It's uneven in spots, with some softness and scratches, and a few bad frames.
    Very watchable print.
    RECOMMENDED!

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    4.0

    dated but funny slapstick

    By Barbara

    from Ann Arbor, MI

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      Comments about What! No Beer?:

      I wonder why the studios didn't explore teaming Durante and Keaton more often and working them into a regular partnership like Laurel and Hardy. Their personalities are so opposed, it seems they would make a good slapstick duo.

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      4.0

      A Mild Farce with Droll Characters

      By frankebe

      from Redwood City, CA

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        Comments about What! No Beer?:

        The film image looks great. It is sparkling clear and the sound is good (it is 1933, remember). It seems amazing such a film has been so well preserved. Five stars just for the quality of the film on the dvd. The movie itself is a different matter… More like 3 stars:

        I did not originally look at this film as a "Keaton" film, so I did not experience the deep disappointment expressed by some writers about this film. Rather, I sought this out as a Jimmy Durante movie. Some of us LIKE Jimmy Durante. He isn't a stuntmeister and he isn't much of a dancer, but his energy and timing are exceptional, and his ability to suddenly flail about then stop abruptly is pantomimic. I love his cartoonish look, his voice, and find his throwaway Malapropisms hilarious. He has theatrical charisma, and he was an original. I love to watch him go nuts, and there is plenty of Durante going nuts in this film.

        The problem has always been to find a "Jimmy Durante movie" that really shows him off. A "good" Jimmy Durante movie… Hollywood never knew how to use Durante as a leading comic. Too bad he wasn't a story writer himself or had his own cadre of sympathetic gagmen like Harry Langdon had, or Harold Lloyd. (Of course at MGM, this wouldn't matter; Keaton did have a core group of creative talent before it was dismantled by his new employers.) Nevertheless, I've found a few Durante movies that are entertaining enough to be fairly satisfying even without offering the final word on Durante's talents, and "What, No Beer?" is fair.

        The best thing about this film is that is moves along briskly. Often I wished the director had used more imagination and gotten more gags out of a scene (or at least some gags), or more action out of a gag, but nothing went on so long that I was bored… just a little worn down by Durante's blustering; he certainly plays his part VERY vociferously! But his energy does much to keep the movie from flagging. Also the editing is pretty good: each shot leads to the next fairly quickly, and most scenes do not last too long (the beer-making scene is too long, but at least it's lively).

        The physical humour is watered down, but occasionally this works to the advantage of the comedy. For instance, when Durante is shaving Keaton, and the barber's chair slips down, the two actors begin to disappear at the bottom of the frame. Then there is an edit and we see the two tumbling over each other onto the floor. Probably, Durante didn't want to take the fall; but seeing them disappear in shot 1, and roll out of the chair on shot 2 is really quite funny. My jaw didn't drop at any amazing stunt, but I couldn't help but smile. The scene with the barrels chasing Keaton down the hill is certainly not well mined for comedy (the 3 Stooges are actually more imaginative with the same idea), but it's still a nice moment of some "big" comic damage; too bad it doesn't involve the bootlegging gang a little more in the chaos, and too bad there weren't more scenes like this in the movie to give Keaton a little more room to breath.

        The voting scene had just the right unexpected silliness and timing to make me laugh, particularly the two bits with the unseen female voter. "What, No Beer?" does not have enough of these types of scenes to merit multiple viewings, but it offers a fun hour if you like Durante and don't mind seeing Keaton as an "actor" in someone else's movie. If Keaton's personal life had not been in such a shambles at this time, he might have finished out his contract with MGM, not been virtually blacklisted from the movies, and perhaps negotiated something better in his next contract. After all, these films were extremely successful moneymakers. But, history is history. At least he continued on to make "Jail Bait", "Le roi des Champs-Elysées", and "A Pest from the West".

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