Mr. Lemon of Orange (1931)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Mr. Lemon of Orange was advertised as comedian El Brendel's first starring feature, even though he'd previously dominated the proceedings in the lavish musical fantasy Just Imagine. This time, Brendel plays a dual role: in addition to his Dutch-dialect characterization as a dimwitted immigrant named Oscar, he also plays a tough, accent-less American gangster named Slippy McGee. On the lam from the law, Slippy decides to disguise himself as a simple-minded Swede, which results in poor Oscar, despite his German accent, being mistaken for the gangster. Most of the ethnic humor is quite offensive by today's standard (to be Swedish is to be stupid in this picture), but Brendel's essential likability saves the day. Some of the dialogue in Mr. Lemon of Orange was written by Eddie Cantor, who was decidedly not Scandinavian.

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gangster, mistaken-identity, on-the-run, police, rival