Actors: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Anita Page, Lucien Littlefield
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Run Time: 77:00 Final Format: DVD - NTSC Year: 1931
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Aspect Ratio: 4 X 3 FULL FRAME, Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33 Audio: Mono 1.0 - English
It's all aboard for comedy as down-and-out Marie Truffle (Marie Dressler) and her rambunctious brood take the train from South Bend to sophisticated Manhattan. There, Marie gets a job in the slimming spa owned by her successful sister (frequent Dressler co-star Polly Moran) and untangles the romantic knots created by four headstrong young lovers. From snappy start to warm Thanksgiving Day finish, Reducing is a delight as Dressler wrestles with the indignities visited upon a large woman in a small upper berth, explores the mysteries of electric reducing belts or dumps Sis in a mudbath. Enjoy the unmatched screen charisma that made this decidedly unglamorous actress Hollywood's #1 star in the early 1930s.
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NR (Not Rated)
Charles F. Riesner
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of the handfuls of comedies she made with Polly Moran, "Reducing" is a comedy with big laughs and plenty of heart. The "heart" being Marie Dressler, of course. Judging from this film, it's easy to see why moviegoers voted her #1 at the box office, for she could liven up any line of dialogue or work wonders with that expressive face of hers--one which, ironically, could act circles around any of the "gorgeous" actresses Hollywood could offer. Marie shares top billing with Polly, but don't be fooled; they're not officially a team. Polly is clearly in support of Marie, who has the bulk of the scenes. But what interesting looking character actresses--Polly with her large nose, weak chin & buck teeth; Marie with her weathered, unglamorous features. Marie plays a gal from South Bend who loads her brood onto a train at the request of well-to-do Manhattanite sister Polly, who owns a swank health spa. Things go wrong from the very beginning, from the opening ticket scene to the...
Reducing(released Jan/30) was a very popular entry in the Marie Dressler cannon of motion pictures.It was to be the second to last film with Moran,who proved to be a great character for Dressler to work off of.The film stars,among others,Dressler,Moran,Anita Page and Lucien Littlefield. The story finds Dressler's sister Moran running a successful beauty business in New York City.Moran pays the $200.00 to ship Dressler,her hubby and her two boys,out to NYC to stay with them;a fact Moran constantly reminds her of.They arrive and it's a teary reunion with the two sisters.Soon Dressler is working in her sister's salon and a bull in a china shop understates what Dressler's behaviour is like;though her heart is in the right spot.Along with this are the sister's two daughters.Moran's has been seeing a rich dude for quite some time and now that Dressler's youngin' has entered the picture,he is now eying her and a nose is getting way out of joint. The sisters have already been...
A great comedy from Hollywood's premier studio,at the time. Miss Dressler, and side kick, Miss Moran play sisters, when they are teamed up again to plague each other when one asks the other to move to New York and help in her Reducing/Beauty Parlour. Combined with the comedy there are underlying sub plots which at the time may have seemed a little daring to suggest on the screen. However being M.G.M. the production values are very high and all ends well which is what audiences aof any generation have come to expect. A great film, well worth watching.
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