Hotel Haywire Film Details
Overview: A couple has an ideal marriage until she finds women’s lingerie in his coat pocket. An astrologer advises her to make her husband unhappy. Meanwhile their daughter plans to elope in the same hotel her father has unknowingly moved into.
Review: Sometimes, comedy makes house calls, and there was a medical emergency that required immediate treatment, making this the proper diagnosis. With broken English that would raise Lupe Velez’s eyebrows, Leo Carrillo gives a hysterical performance as a quack doctor with the oddest ideas of treatment. In this totally off the wall farce, he separately counsels separated couple Spring Byington and Lynne Overman, obviously taking over for the unavailable Mary Boland and Charlie Ruggles. Byington is a bit befuddled (“He’s the daughter of my father, I mean the father of my daughter”), consumed by astrology, and certain that her husband has been philandering, while Overman is a bit of a dipsomaniac and a gambler. Misunderstandings and wacky characters make this a real nuthouse, ending up in a hotel where more confusion ensues. An early film of rising screenwriter and future legendary Preston Sturges, this was definitely overshadowed by his later A films, and lost among the B films of the 1930’s. Overman seems to be emulating Ruggles every chance he gets and Byington seems to be imitating Boland’s speech patterns, so their pairing is practically identical to the dozen films that Boland and Ruggles appeared in together. Some of the regular cast members later associated with Sturges appear in comical supporting roles, and often, this does appear like an overlong two reel short. Still, it’s fluffy and fast, frantic and funny, so it is definitely worthy of being discovered.
Duration: 66 min
Also known as: Hotel Haywire,箱入り亭主