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Pleasure Before Business
Director: Frank Strayer (Dir)
Release Date:   20 Apr 1927
Duration (in mins):   59
Duration (in feet):   5,569
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Pat O'Malley (Dr. Burke)  
    Virginia Brown Faire (Ruth Weinberg)  
    Max Davidson (Sam Weinberg)  
    Rosa Rosanova (Sarah Weinberg)  
    Lester Bernard (Morris Fishbein)  
    Tom McGuire (Scotchman)  
    Jack Raymond (Louie)  
    Henri Menjou (Captain)  

Summary: Sam Weinberg, an industrious cigar manufacturer, falls into bad health, and his daughter, Ruth, an assistant to Dr. Burke, uses her dowry to promote his leisure, pretending that it is a legacy from her Uncle Max. Sam embarks on an orgy of spending and betting on golf games and horse races. Then Max unexpectedly arrives from Australia, and Morris, who has been promised to Ruth, retrieves his engagement ring. Realizing he has spent the dowry money, Sam regrets having bet a large sum on a racehorse. The horse refuses to budge until the jockey speaks to her in Yiddish; she then wins the prize money for Sam. Morris tries to repair the engagement, but Ruth is happily united with the Irish doctor. 

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
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Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Director: Frank Strayer (Dir)
Producer: Harry Cohn (Prod)
Writer: William Branch (Scr)
Photography: J. O. Taylor (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp. 30/4/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP23896

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Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Cigars
  Golf and golfers
  Yiddish language

Note: Although the Var review included the statement "Independent feature comedy offered by Sam Zierler of Commonwealth , no additional reviews or other contemporary source lists the film as anything other than a Columbia production and release. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   8 May 1927.   
MPW   14 May 1927.   
Variety   4 May 1927   p. 22.

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