Nothing But Pleasure

Length: Two reels
Release date: January 19, 1940
A Columbia Pictures Production
Producer: Jules White
Director: Jules White
Script: Clyde Bruckman
Photography: Henry Freulich

Buster Keaton: The Husband
Dorothy Appleby: The Wife
Beatrice Blinn: An Intoxicated Woman
With: Johnny Tyrell, Richard Fiske, Bud Jamison, Jack Randall, Robert Sterling, Eddie Laughton, Victor Tramers, and Lynton Brent

Clarence Plunkett wants to get his wife Penelope a new car. He sells the old one and, hoping to get a new one for less money, takes a bus trip to Detroit where a car would cost less. Unfortunately, the bus ride is noisy and Clarence wrecks both the dealership’s window and another car’s bumper. Short on money, he steals some food from a farmer and spends the rest of his money (about $1.50) on a small bungalow.

A drunk girl walks into the bungalow and passes out on Buster’s bed as he’s cooking dinner. When the wife comes back from getting milk, Clarence takes the girl back to her apartment. Later, police track down a couple of bank crooks in a nearby bungalow, and a gunfight begins. Initially thinking the police are from the farmer, Clarence eventually chases after the crooks (who are using Clarence’s car) and crashes the car. Penelope then hits Clarence with a baseball. — Nick Ciccone