Hook, Line and Sinker (1930 film)

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Hook, Line and Sinker
Poster for the film
Directed by Edward F. Cline
Produced by William LeBaron
Myles Connolly
Written by Ralph Spence
Tim Whelan
Starring Bert Wheeler
Robert Woolsey
William B. Davidson
Stanley Fields
Ralf Harolde
Hugh Herbert
Jobyna Howland
Dorothy Lee
George F. Marion
Natalie Moorhead
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by Archie Marshek
RKO Radio Pictures
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • December 24, 1930 (1930-12-24) ( Premiere-New York City)
  • December 26, 1930 (1930-12-26) (U.S.)[1]
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $287,000[2]
Box office $780,000[2]

Hook, Line and Sinker is a 1930 slapstick comedy film starring Wheeler & Woolsey (the comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey) with Dorothy Lee. It was directed by Edward F. Cline.

In 1958, the film entered the public domain in the USA due to the copyright claimants failure to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

Two fast-talking insurance salesmen — Wilbur Boswell (Bert Wheeler) and J. Addington Ganzy (Robert Woolsey) — help penniless socialite Mary Marsh (Dorothy Lee) to turn a dilapidated hotel, which was willed to her, into a thriving success. They soon run into trouble, however, in the form of two sets of gangsters who want to break into the hotel safe; also, Mary's mother (Jobyna Howland) wants her to marry wealthy lawyer John Blackwell (Ralf Harolde) even though Mary loves Wilbur. Adding to the complications is the fact that Blackwell is actually in league with the gangsters. The finale involves nighttime runarounds and a shoot-out in the hotel.



The film made a profit of $225,000.[2]


  1. ^ "Hook, Line and Sinker: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p55
  3. ^ Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. JSTOR 25165419. OCLC 15122313.  See note #60, pg. 143.

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