Hook Line and Sinker (1930)

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“Hook, Line and Sinker” is a 1930 comedy film directed by Edward F. Cline and starring Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey. The film follows the misadventures of two bumbling salesmen, Wilbur (Bert Wheeler) and Addington (Robert Woolsey), who work for a pharmaceutical company. When they accidentally discover a cure for a deadly disease, they become the target of rival companies who want to steal their formula.

Desperate to protect their invention, Wilbur and Addington go on the run, pursued by both the police and their competitors. Along the way, they encounter a beautiful young woman named Dorothy (Dorothy Lee), who joins them on their wild journey. As they try to stay one step ahead of their pursuers, Wilbur and Addington get into all sorts of comical mishaps and misunderstandings.

As they race to get their formula to the proper authorities and secure their fortune, Wilbur and Addington must also navigate their complicated relationships with Dorothy and her overbearing father, who wants to marry her off to a wealthy suitor. The film culminates in a chaotic and hilarious finale involving a crowded hotel room and a case of mistaken identity.

“Hook, Line and Sinker” is a classic example of the early screwball comedies of the 1930s, filled with zany characters, fast-paced dialogue, and physical comedy. The film was a box office success and helped to establish Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey as popular comedians of the era.

Edward F. Cline

Tim Whelan, Ralph Spence

Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee

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