The Passionate Plumber
|The Passionate Plumber|
|Directed by||Edward Sedgwick|
|Produced by||Harry Rapf|
|Written by||Laurence E. Johnson
|Edited by||William S. Gray|
|February 6, 1932|
The Passionate Plumber is a 1932 American comedy film directed by Edward Sedgwick and starring Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante. The screenplay by Laurence E. Johnson and Ralph Spence is based on the play Dans sa candeur naïve by Jacques Deval. It is the second screen adaptation of the play, following the 1928 silent film The Cardboard Lover. It later was remade in 1942 as Her Cardboard Lover.
Paris plumber Elmer Tuttle is enlisted by socialite Patricia Alden to help make her lover Tony Lagorce jealous. With the help of his friend Julius J. McCracken and through the high society contacts he has made through Patricia, Elmer hopes to find financing for his latest invention, a pistol with a range-finding light. Comic complications ensue when Elmer's effort to interest a military leader is misconstrued as an assassination attempt.
- Buster Keaton ..... Elmer E. Tuttle
- Jimmy Durante ..... Julius J. McCracken
- Irene Purcell ..... Patricia Alden
- Polly Moran ..... Albine
- Gilbert Roland ..... Tony Lagorce
Variety observed, "There is some comedy of merit in this flimsy scenario, stretched from a natural two-reel length to fill a full-length spool, and it isn't necessary to gaze beyond the cast to find the source. But the cast and the laughs are constantly obliged to fight the plot and motives; unfortunately the plot wins the battle, contrary to the picture's best interests . . . While Durante and Keaton are cross-firing for laughs the rest is momentarily laid aside, and when the chief laugh grabbers return to the theme, they don't mix. Polly Moran hasn't much to do, which is the picture's biggest disappointment." 
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