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Men Are Like That (1930) DVD

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Men Are Like That (1930)


 Frank Tuttle


 George Kelly (play), Herman J. Mankiewicz (adaptation)


 Hal Skelly, Doris Hill, Clara Blandick
Previously filmed in 1926, the George Kelly stage comedy The Show-Off was remade in 1930 as Men Are Like That. Broadway star Hal Skelly steps into the role of chronic braggart Aubrey Piper, incapable of either telling the truth or shutting up. Insinuating himself into the home of his wife Amy's (Doris Hill) family, Aubrey does his best to impress his in-laws with tall tales about his business acumen and his grandiose financial transactions. Even after he's been exposed as a fraud and saved from ruin and disgrace by Amy, Aubrey continues to run off at the mouth -- and even throws in a few songs and dances for good measure. Despite a witty script by Joseph L. MankiewiczMen Are Like That is sabotaged by the calculatedly obnoxious Hal Skelly, who never did develop into a satisfying screen personality. The property was refilmed under its original title The Show Off by Spencer Tracy in 1934, and by Red Skelton in 1948. 

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