So You Won't Talk? (1935)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Dapper, diminutive Monty Banks was a major comedy star in silent pictures, but his pronounced Italian accent proved a drawback in talkies. Accordingly, Banks' most successful sound vehicle was So You Won't Talk?, during which he utters only a handful of words. His silence is motivated by the terms of a will, wherein Tony (Banks) will inherit a huge fortune if he keeps his mouth shut for 30 days. Nor is he even permitted to write down his thoughts during this period: in other words, he's strictly incommunicado. Naturally, events conspire against our hero, placing him in several uncomfortable situations brought about by his self-enforced muteness. Very funny in spots, So You Won't Talk? may be a bit too thin to stretch across nine reels. Helping things considerably is the snappy direction of William Beaudine, who before his descent into "B" pictures was regarded as one of the best all-around craftsmen in the business.

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fortune [wealth], inheritance