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Politics (1931)

Polly Moran, Rosco Ates, Karen Morley Marie Dressler , Charles F. Riesner  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Polly Moran, Rosco Ates, Karen Morley Marie Dressler
  • Directors: Charles F. Riesner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PAP6IE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,454 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Politics" on IMDb

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Happy days are here again! Marie Dressler takes command in the war between men and women as widow Hattie Burns, who runs for mayor of a city corrupted by illegal gin and slick pols who "could bring tears to a glass eye." The womenfolk back Hattie, the menfolk don't and the ladies go on strike until their hapless hubbies reconsider. This reworking of Lysistrata, rich in both comedy and melodrama, shows the great star at the top of her form, supported by frequent co-star and perfect foil Polly Moran as her campaign manager. Dressler may have played a mayor in Politics, but in real life her station was somewhat higher. "Marie Dressler is the real queen of our movies," Will Rogers declared.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vote for Marie! September 28, 2012
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The incomparable Marie Dressler reunites with foil Polly Moran for "Politics" (1931), a comedy with moments of deep melodrama. Widowed Hattie Burns just meant to support Polly's political ambitions. But through circumstance (after a fiery stand-out performance confronting the mayor's indifference to the town's problems), Hattie finds herself nominated instead! But instead of shrinking away, she accepts the challenge & gives "the boys' club" a run for their money. The women amusingly rile up the males as they stand up to corruption & sexism.
Dressler & Moran are sort of the "ugly ducklings" of film actresses. Whereas movie screens were populated with statuesque beauties, these two played the common women, which made them more real, more human. Moran tended to be as subtle as a stick of dynamite, which bolstered the credibility of the great Dressler. There's a scene of pure melodrama that might have turned mawkish. However, it's quite stirring, with a teary performance from Moran & a quietly strong one from Dressler.
On the flip side, there are some broad comedy bits (the loose parakeet comes to mind) that these women play out expertly; it was evidence that females could clown as well as the other guys, like Laurel & Hardy or The Stooges.
For Dressler, who could lend depth to either comedy or pathos, this is certainly among her best efforts!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marie does it again! February 4, 2014
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Politics(released July/31) stars,among others,Dressler,Moran,and Roscoe Ates.This comedy is another pleasing collaboration between the two stars and as usual Dressler just steals the show from beginning to the end.Dressler had the rare ability to reach through the camera and tug on your heart and make you believe she could be any person's friend.That what you saw on screen could easily be her in real life.Down home good folk.
The story here finds Dressler running a boarding house,with Moran and her hubby(Ates,doing his stuttering routine) living there.Moran has political aspirations that sets Marie off teasing her every time she can.One night her daughter,a male boyfriend of Marie's daughter and her girlfriend attend a speak easy.He had recently left a local gang and not liking his decision the gang have a man outside waiting for him.Two shots ring out and he is badly wounded and the daughters girlfriend is killed.Marie's daughter brings her wounded boyfriend home to hide him and nurse him,in their attic.Marie is clueless to this.
Afterwards Marie and the town attend a political rally for a Tom Collins,who wants to be re elected.A teary Marie comes to the stage,thinking about what she has witnessed the night before.She tells the crowd that the speakeasies should be closed down after what has happened.When pressed for his opinions Collins obfuscates.This was not what she or the people wanted to hear.Collins is booed off the stage and the audience rallies around a reluctant Marie for the next mayor.
Politics turns out to be a tough road to hoe for Marie and her campaign manager Moran.The men of the town don't want to be told who and what to vote for.They manage to break up a rally of Marie's,but Marie tells a small meeting of women that they must go on strike....totally!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Politics and corruption. December 21, 2012
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Miss Dressler and Miss Moran star together in another MGM feature. This one is slightly more serious as it deals with corruption of the mayor of their town and the gangsters who control him. Miss Dressler desides to run for mayor with Miss Moran acting as her agent. fun and seriousness work together side by side in this film and as one would expect all comes out well. Murder and framing are part of the sub-plot and as is usual a very well acted piece.
Although well made, I did not like it as well as some of the other features starring the pair, but judge for yourselves.
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