During the movement to repeal Prohibition, Oxidontal University student editor Elmer Brown is strongly in favor. He loves the daughter of an ardent prohibitionist; by chicanery, he tries to...
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During the movement to repeal Prohibition, Oxidontal University student editor Elmer Brown is strongly in favor. He loves the daughter of an ardent prohibitionist; by chicanery, he tries to win Gloria and sell his bottle stopper invention. Written by
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Buster Keaton did it. Harold Lloyd did it. The Marx Brothers did it. And, even Laurel and Hardy did it. So, I guess it's no surprise that Milton Berle would also do a comedy set on the college campus. It seems that during a twenty year stretch, there were an awful lot of comedies set at college. Other than Chaplin and Fields, nearly every comedian got in on the act.
In this case, Berle plays a fast-talking and obnoxious but very popular college student who is in a debate over the repeal of Prohibition. Milton is in favor of its repeal because he's just invented a new type of bottle stopper and wants to get rich if beer is legalized.
However, despite his energy, the film isn't especially funny and I found myself falling asleep again and again. I guess I'm just not a Berle fan, but this film seemed like a real dud!
Since originally writing this review, I noticed another review that liked the movie a lot more and said "What better college comedies had been made by 1933?". Well, how about HORSE FEATHERS (1928) and THE FRESHMAN (1925)? There are probably many more, but the Marx Brothers and Harold Lloyd classics quickly come to mind.
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