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Convention City (1933)



Critic Consensus: A delightful depiction of bad behavior, Convention City tests taboos and busts guts with equal abandon.

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Practically every member of the Warner Bros. stock company except Glenda Farrell shows up in the rowdy, raunchy pre-Code comedy Convention City. Joan Blondell plays Nancy Lorraine, an enterprising lass who is employed by a big-city hotel as a "hostess" for out-of-town conventioneers. She spends a great deal of the film in the company of small-town businessman George Ellerbe (Guy Kibbee), who goes to great lengths to avoid his nagging wife (Ruth Donnelly). Weaving in and out of the proceedings are inveterate practical jokers Goodwin (Frank McHugh) and Hotstetter (Hugh Herbert), who use the convention as an excuse for a three-day binge. The plot rears its ugly head when Nancy finds her affections torn between slick CEO T.R. Kent (Adolphe Menjou) and handsome young salesman Jerry Ford (Dick Powell). The New York Times described it as, "Not a dull foot. One of the few comedies that can truthfully be called positive entertainment." Unfortunately, there are no known surviving prints of Convention City, so it remains one of the era's many "lost films."


Joan Blondell
as Nancy Lorraine
Adolphe Menjou
as T.R. (Ted) Kent
Dick Powell
as Jerry Ford
Guy Kibbee
as George Ellerbe
Mary Astor
as Arlene Dale
Frank McHugh
as Will Goodwin
Patricia Ellis
as Claire Honeywell
Ruth Donnelly
as Mrs. Ellerbe
Hugh Herbert
as Hotstetter
Grant Mitchell
as J.B. Honeywell
Gordon Westcott
as Phil Lorraine
Huey White
as Bootlegger
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Critic Reviews for Convention City

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10)

Its humor is not gentle nor its lines polite, but it is so badly funny and true to its theme that despite Its frequent roughness there is nothing to do but loin the laugh parade and enjoy Its wildness to the end.

January 4, 2021 | Full Review…

The piece is fast and because of clever acting, humorous in spots. But the average observer doesn't find wholesale inebriation an amusing sight -- and this film specializes in scenes depicting imbibers before, after, and while taking.

January 4, 2021 | Full Review…

It ias all a lot of fun if you like seeing the same old faces in the same old predicaments.

January 4, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The feature picture is highly entertaining it is Convention City and contains a cast of funsters that will keep you smiling most of the time and laughing out loud often.

January 4, 2021 | Full Review…

One of the most hilarious scenes is provided by Frank McHugh and Hugh Herbert, In which they get themselves happily and helplessly "lit," and there are others sufficiently bright to make Convention City a sprightly affair.

January 4, 2021 | Full Review…

In the numerous assemblage, all the actors perform in characteristic style, Miss Astor perhaps impressing exceptionally by her brisk delineation of a saleswoman.

January 4, 2021 | Full Review…

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