See America Thirst

See America Thirst is a 1930 American comedy film produced and distributed by Universal Pictures and directed by William James Craft. Silent comics Harry Langdon and Slim Summerville star along with silent actress Bessie Love. Though released late in 1930, it nevertheless had a silent version.[2][3]

See America Thirst
Directed byWilliam James Craft
Produced byCarl Laemmle
Written byJerry Horwin
Edward Ludwig
Vin Moore
StarringHarry Langdon
Slim Summerville
Bessie Love
Music bySam Perry (silent version)
Heinz Roemheld (silent version)
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Edited byHarry W. Lieb
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 23, 1930 (1930-11-23)
Running time
75 minutes; 8 reels[1]
CountryUnited States

In the film, Bessie Love introduced the type of sandals later known as "flip-flops" to American audiences. The title is a parody of the Cole Porter musical See America First.


Slim (Summerville) and Wally (Langdon) are mistaken for hired killers, and are paid to murder a bootlegger. They encounter nightclub singer Ellen (Love), associated with the district attorney's office, who assists them in convincing the gang leader to pay them double for protection. Everything goes well until the actual hired killers show up.[2][4][5][6]



The film did not receive positive reviews, and was deemed not to be funny.[4]

Preservation status

Copies are preserved at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the Library of Congress.[7][8]


  1. Schelly, William (January 10, 2014). Harry Langdon: His Life and Films. McFarland. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-7864-5185-2.
  2. Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. p. 694. OCLC 664500075.
  3. "The AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1893–1993: See America Thirst".
  4. Motion Picture Reviews. Los Angeles, CA: Women's University Club. 1930. p. 7.
  5. Hacker, Tom (October 25, 1930). "New Product". Exhibitors Herald World. p. 43.
  6. Mogull's, Inc. Catalog of 16 mm Silent Motion Picture Film Library. p. 14.
  7. "See America thirst / Universal Pictures ; presented by Carl Laemmle ; director, William James Craft ; screenplay-dialogue, Henry Le Cossitt ; adaptation, C. Jerome Horwin ; story, Vin Moore, Edward Luddy". UCLA Library: Film & Television Archive.
  8. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress. The American Film Institute. 1978. p. 162.
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