Hotel Haywire

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The inimitable Preston Sturges originally scripted Hotel Haywire with George Burns and Gracie Allen in mind, but by the time the film went before the cameras, the Burns and Allen roles had been recast with Benny Baker and Colette Lyons -- and significantly abbreviated in the process. A dentist named Parkhouse (Lynne Overman) plays a practical joke on a poker-playing buddy by sending him home with a lady's chemise stuffed in his coat pocket. The gag backfires, whereupon Parkhouse finds himself in hot water with his own wife (Spring Byington). Threatened with divorce, Parkhouse is advised by a zany astrologer to frame Mrs. P. in a compromising situation at the Hotel Haywire, enlisting amateur detectives Bert and Genevieve Sterns (Baker and Lyons) in his scheme. Things get really hectic when Parkhouse's daughter Phyllis (Mary Carlisle) and her sweetheart Frank (John Patterson) show up at the same hotel. The film is dominated by the antics of larcenous astrologer Zodiac Z. Zippe, played with comic ferocity by Leo Carrillo.

Cast

Spring Byington
as Mrs. Parkhouse
Lynne Overman
as Dr. Parkhouse
Leo Carrillo
as Dr. Zodiac Z. Zippe
George Barbier
as L. Ketts Sr.
Benny Baker
as Bertie Sterns
Collette Lyons
as Genevieve Sterns
John Patterson
as Frank Ketts
Porter Hall
as Judge Newhall
Josephine Whittell
as Mrs. Newhall
Guy Usher
as Reilly
James Donlan
as Swanlee
Teddy Hart
as O. Levy
Colin Tapley
as Hotel Manager
Nick Lukats
as Reception Clerk
Ellen Drew
as Switchboard Operator
Wally Maher
as Reporter
Frank Dawson
as Old Butler
Don Brodie
as Dental Patient
Frank Hammond
as Dental Patient
Helen Dickson
as Dental Patient
George Anderson
as Bartender
Harry Semels
as Flower Peddler
Franklin Pangborn
as Fuller Brush Salesman
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