Traveling Husbands (1931)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Release Date - Aug 7, 1931 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The peripatetic spouses referred to in the title are all travelling salesmen, scooting to and from their wives via train. In Detroit on business, young unmarried salesman Barry (Frank Albertson) finds himself at a wild party where his fellow drummers, husbands all, are being entertained by a bevy of call-girls. One of these cuties is Ruby (Evelyn Brent), who ends up shooting libidinous salesman Ben (Carl Miller). For a while, it looks as though the cops are going to pin the shooting on Barry, but Ruby confesses at the last moment; meanwhile, Ben recovers from his wound, but may not be able to patch up his marriage when his wife shows up unexpectedly at the scene of the crime. Some much-needed laughs are provided by Hugh Herbert, dropping his usual "woo woo" gestures in favor of a philosophical Jewish characterization.

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brothel, accusation, car, confession [criminal], criminal, killing, motel, murder, prostitute/prostitution, salesperson