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Bubbling Over (film)

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Bubbling Over
Directed byLeigh Jason
Written byBurnet Hershey (writer)
Produced byMeyer Davis (associate producer)
Monroe Shaff (producer)
StarringSee below
CinematographyJoseph Ruttenberg
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • 1934 (1934)
Running time
20 minutes (USA)
CountryUnited States

Bubbling Over is a 1934 American musical comedy short film directed by Leigh Jason. The film includes various negative stereotypes.[1] It is extant.


Samson Peabody is the janitor in an apartment building where he and his wife Ethel live with a large crowd of Samson's freeloading relatives. When more relatives come to stay, Ethel throws them out. A scheming occupant of the building reads Samson's mail and poses as a clairvoyant predicting the events of the letter; the arrival of Samson's rich Uncle for dinner. However, the Uncle is a penniless lunatic (imagining himself to be The Emperor Jones) and a pickpocket. He steals the chicken of the dinner, several watches of the guests, the clairvoyant's crystal ball and in the final scene, all the clothes of the people in the room.



  • Ethel Waters - "Taking Your Time"
  • Southernaires Quartet - "Hang Your Hat in a Harlem Flat"
  • Ethel Waters - "Darkies Never Dream"
  • Southernaires Quartet - "Company's Coming Tonight"


  1. ^ Bourne, Stephen (2007). Ethel Waters: Stormy Weather. ISBN 9780810859029.
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