Hotel Haywire


1h 5m 1937

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 4, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Dentist Henry Parkhouse and his wife Minerva have an ideal marriage until she finds women's lingerie in his coat pocket the night he returns from a poker game. Unaware that it was placed there by one of Henry's buddies as a joke, Minnie consults astrologer/psychic Dr. Zodiac Z. Zippe. He advises her to make Henry unhappy and jealous, and to hire detectives to follow him. Minnie follows his advice, hiring two former vaudevillians, Genevieve and Bertie Sterns, on his recommendation. After Henry unsuccessfully tries to renew his romance with Minnie, he becomes frustrated and consults Zippe, who convinces him to hire Bertie to follow Minnie. Finally fed up with the situation, Henry tells Minnie he is getting a divorce and rents a hotel room, where he intends to set up a compromising situation following his laywers' advice. In the meantime, the Parkhouses' daughter Phyllis plans to elope with Frank Ketts, the son of her employer, and occupies the hotel room next to Henry's where they will be married by a justice of the peace. All the judges are prevented from going to their room by orders of Frank's father. Genevieve, whom Minnie hired as Henry's assistant, shows up at Henry's room to help his set-up. Finally, the Parkhouses' neighbor, Judge Sterling Newhall, arrives to perform the wedding ceremony for Frank and Phyllis and, in need of a witness, knocks on Henry's door. Henry is surprised to find his daughter getting married, and Phyllis is surprised to find her father in a hotel with a strange woman. After Frank's father, police and Minnie arrive, Mr. Ketts approves of the marriage, and Frank and Phyllis are married. Henry and Minnie then make up, after which they chase Zippe out of town.

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 4, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Film Length
7 reels

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Trivia

Notes

According to publicity materials in the copyright records, some scenes were filmed at the train station in Glendale, CA. According to Preston Sturges' autobiography, Paramount paid Sturges $17,500 to write this film's story for Charlie Ruggles, Mary Boland, George Burns and Gracie Allen. By the time of the production, Burns and Allen were no longer with the studio, and another writer was hired to do rewrites for the new cast, according to the autobiography.