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Robert Z. Leonard
Rod La Rocque,
Middle-aged, small-town widow Hattie Burns is angered when a friend's daughter is inadvertently killed by s stray bullet in a gangland shootout at a local speakeasy. When Hattie confronts the mayor, a political hack running for re-election, at a campaign event about closing the illegal operations down, he brushes her off as only a woman. Other women at the rally draft her as a rival 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 out in her attic. Written by
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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