Her Master's Voice (1936)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Slapstick  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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To fully accept the premise of Her Master's Voice, one must also accept the notion that Edward Everett Horton is radio celebrity Ned Farrar, "The Fireside Troubadour." Besieged by his adoring female fans, Ned hides out at the home of his wife Queena's (Peggy Conklin) imperious Aunt Min (Laura Hope Crews). He pretends to be Aunt Min's handyman, performing his tasks so well that the old lady refuses to let him leave! This in itself is amusing enough, but the producers felt that a few low laughs were needed, thus the film ends in a slapstick car chase. Adapted from a play by Clare Kummer (which also starred Laura Hope Crews), Her Master's Voice represented another of Dore Schary's early screenwriting assignments before his upward move into the executive suites of RKO and MGM.

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assumed-identity, aunt, car-chase, fame, handyman, radio-personality