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Neither rain nor flood nor Bela Lugosi stays these couriers .
Ricardo Cortez plays it totally straight as Inspector Bill Davis, the leader of a team of postal inspectors. He and his team investigate mail order rip-offs: machines that grow hair on bald people, stretching devices that increase height, any scam that involves the mail.
Cortez meets singer Patricia Ellis on an airplane; the flight is bumpy and Ellis sooths a crying child by singing a happy song. This is not Ellis's only musical number: later on, in her hotel room, she sings an unpacking song, assisted by maid Hattie McDaniel, who also sings and dances a rumba and looks no more nor less silly than anyone else in the picture.
Ellis's agent is Bela Lugosi, a vaguely sinister nightclub manager. We quickly learn that Lugosi is behind on a loan and that another nightclub owner in similar circumstances was recently found dead. Lugosi needs cash.
And so, when Cortez's brother (Michael Loring), who works at the treasury, mentions to Ellis that he collects worn out bills for withdrawal from circulation and that he is about to mail in three million dollars Lugosi catches wind of the plan and makes plans of his ownthus putting to the test Cortez's boast that "A postage stamp is the best insurance in the world."
Meanwhile, flood waters are rising and the entire postal service faces a major test: the mail must go through! An extended sequence (apparently featuring genuine flood footage) showcases the bravery and ingenuity of those grand postal employees who find ways to get the mail delivered against all odds.
Kind of a lot of plot, and it all eventually builds up to a chase through flooded streets in motorboats .and another song or two, as well.
It's all pretty ridiculous the brother is obnoxious, Ellis is silly enough to listen to his line, and postal inspector Cortez is devoted to the noble work of the postal service to the point of fanaticism. (If Cheers mailman Cliff Klaven ever had a favorite movie, this could have been it.)
Harmless enough, but that's about it .Not even Lugosi could do much with his mostly thankless role.
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