Young Wilbur Wart gets a letter from a man who may be his rich uncle. It seems the uncle is dying and looking for heirs to leave his fortune to. On his way to his uncle's place, he gets ... See full summary »
Young Wilbur Wart gets a letter from a man who may be his rich uncle. It seems the uncle is dying and looking for heirs to leave his fortune to. On his way to his uncle's place, he gets into a fight with a man who turns out to be his long-lost cousin Harry, who is also on his way to the uncle's. Wilbur and Harry both plot to screw the other out of the inheritance, but it turns out that there may be more to the uncle than there seems to be. Written by
Released after the death of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, this comedy features him playing a man named Wilbur Wart who is invited by his rich uncle (Charles Judels) to stay the weekend. Once there he hopes to get in good for the will but Harry Wart (Harry Shannon) is also there and wants in on the action. This here was the fourth of six films that Arbuckle made for Vitaphone and it's certainly the best up to this point. There are a great number of laughs but the film is also a great throwback to the silent era when mistaken identity was something that could lead to many wonderful gags and especially many physical ones. The film manages to be quite funny from start to finish thanks in large part to the cast. Arbuckle really is at the top of his game here as he manages to be that charming person everyone loves but his physical side is also on full display. There are many moments where he's falling down or getting tripped up and it's rather amazing to see how well he could handle this at this point in his career. Shannon was also very good in his supporting bit and managed to have a great chemistry with Arbuckle. Judels is perfect as the uncle and even Mildred Van Dorn is good as the nurse. Look fast for Shemp Howard playing a "Mole." The running joke about "Warts" and "Moles" are a bit weird to say the least but they still manage to get a couple nice laughs. I'm not going to ruin the ending for anyone but it too is a winner. Fans of Arbuckle will certainly want to check this one out.
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