An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
Although he has never met her, Elmer Butts loves Hortense secretly and from afar. He dreams of making a million dollars so he can buy her a Rolls automobile and marry her. With prohibition apparently on the verge of ending, Elmer's friend Jimmy Potts gets an idea to make them both rich by opening a brewery just before the legalization of alcoholic beverages. Their timing is off, and the police raid them, but their inept brewing has created a beer with no alcohol, so they are let off. But it has also resulted in a cheaply made beer, and bootlegger Spike Moran realizes that he can vastly increase his profits by partnering with Elmer and Jimmy. But none of them reckons with the competitor, another bootlegger, gangster Butch Lorado. Butch has a girlfriend....Elmer's dream girl, Hortense. Written by
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This film has a reputation of being an unfunny horror. It is just not so. Buster does seem to be a little intoxicated throughout the film, but it is really very funny. This is the only film where Buster and Durante are really teamed. They appeared together in two previous films, but they worked independently. Sure, it's a period piece about the repeal of Prohibition, but there are some pretty funny set pieces throughout the film. For those people who have an aversion to musical numbers thrown into slapstick comedies, have no fear. There are no musical numbers. (This is a shame, since both Buster and Durante handle musical material very well!) This was Buster's last American studio starring feature film. Following this, he stars in a French film, a British film, and a Mexican film. MGM was never a great studio for broad comedians. They really didn't know how to handle Buster. But he's not alone. The Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, and Red Skelton were also done in by MGM's inept handling of slapstick comedy. This film is worth a view. It's still young Keaton and it proves that Buster could handle himself very nicely with sound.
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