Middle-aged, small-town widow Hattie Burns is angered when a friend's daughter is killed by s stray bullet in a gangland shootout at a local speakeasy and confronts the mayor, who is running for re-election, about closing the illegal operations down. When he brushes her off as only a woman, other women at the rally, draft her as a candidate with best-friend Ivy as campaign manager and female voters go on a "Lysistrata"-like parlor, bedroom, and bath strike in order to insure Hattie's election. Unfortunately, Hattie does not know that her daughter Myrtle's boyfriend, a reformed but wounded hoodlum, is hiding in her attic. Written by
[Last lines at the commencement of Myrtle and Benny's marriage ceremony]
And, you know, it isn't every young couple that can have the wedding ceremony performed by Her Honor, the Mayor.
No, and it isn't every young couple that can have as Matron of Honor, the Commissioner of Garbage.
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This is one of three MGM comedies co-starring Polly Moran and Marie Dressler (they also appeared in THE GIRL SAID NO but shared no scenes together). It's the Lysistrata story- the women of a town against the men re cleaning up corruption. The only way the former are able to get their way is to withhold both their favors and their material support. The scenes showing the desperate and totally ineffective attempts of the men to do house chores and child regarding a quite funny.
Dressler is in top form both dramatically and comedically and carries the film. She was always the good hearted one and Moran the nasty one, who puts on airs. Dressler speaks her mind at a rally and suddenly (and at first quite reluctantly) becomes the women's candidate for Mayor.
There are the usual comedic ups and downs and all comes right in the end. It's a joyous and innocent 73 minute romp and highly enjoyable.
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