Dumbbells in Ermine

Dumbbells in Ermine is a 1930 American early talkie pre-Code comedy film based on the 1925 play Weak Sisters by Lynn Starling. The film stars Robert Armstrong and Barbara Kent, and features Beryl Mercer, James Gleason, and Claude Gillingwater.[1]

Dumbbells in Ermine
theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn G. Adolfi
Written byJames Gleason
Harvey F. Thew
Based onWeak Sisters (1925 play) by Lynn Starling
StarringRobert Armstrong
Barbara Kent
CinematographyDevereux Jennings
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • May 10, 1930 (1930-05-10)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States



In a small town in Virginia, Barbara Kent, is being forced into a marriage with a missionary reformer by her socially prominent parents. Kent meets Robert Armstrong, a prizefighter, and falls in love with him. Armstrong's manager, played by James Gleason, tries to dissuade Armstrong from the relationship.

Nevertheless, Kent's grandmother, played by Beryl Mercer, and her uncle, played by Claude Gillingwater, do their best to help the romance between Kent and Armstrong. Eventually Kent and Armstrong quarrel, and this leads Kent to agree to her mother's request that she marry the missionary (Arthur Hoyt). When the missionary invites some weak sisters to a revival meeting one of them, a showgirl, accuses him of being responsible for her downfall.

Because of this, the missionary is publicly disgraced and the marriage cancelled. Gleason helps Armstrong become reconciled with Kent and they marry with the blessings of the family.

Preservation status

The film is believed to be lost.

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