Mrs. Emma Foster of Fosterboro, Ohio loves to enter contests - which she never wins - the time she spends on which is much to the chagrin of her exasperated husband, barber Otis Foster. It ... See full summary »

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Emma Foster, Mrs. Mid-Western
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Alan Bruce ...
Steve Walton
Edward H. Robins ...
Gordon H. Cutting
William Brisbane ...
Prentiss
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Barney Lott
Ray Mayer ...
John White
Ada Leonard ...
Princess Zarina, Stripper
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District Attorney
Alec Craig ...
College President
Willie Best ...
Mose, Shoe Shine Boy
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Mrs. Moseby, Emma's Maid
Jack Norton ...
Mr. Norton aka Mr. Cotton Belt
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Mrs. Emma Foster of Fosterboro, Ohio loves to enter contests - which she never wins - the time she spends on which is much to the chagrin of her exasperated husband, barber Otis Foster. It is ironic then that the one contest for which she becomes a finalist is the Happy Noodle company's Mrs. America contest to determine the nation's best homemaker as she never has time or the want to do any housework, that burden left to Otis. The two are required to attend the contest's national finals in Atlantic City with all the other finalists and their husbands. There, Emma has to find ways of getting Otis to do the homemaker type tasks required of the finalists, those tasks which she has no aptitude to complete on her own. Otis also finds that he is in a legion of other exasperated husbands who would rather be anywhere else than at the contest finals supporting their respective wives. And Emma finds that she is not alone in doing whatever it takes to win the contest. Thrown into the mix is ... Written by Huggo

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4 June 1937 (USA)  »

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Falando às Massas  »

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Nothing Great But Worth a Look
26 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Victor Moore plays Otis Foster, the henpecked barber husband of Emma (Helen Broderick), who is always entering contests. She manages to become a finalist in a contest to determine "Mrs. America," the model American housewife. The winner of the contest is determined by the best homemaker. The problem is Emma can't cook, clean, or do anything around the house. Her poor husband Otis does all of that at home. So Emma schemes to win the contest by having Otis do all the work for her.

Good chemistry between vets Moore and Broderick. Beautiful Anne Shirley plays their daughter. Sadly, she's largely wasted here. See Anne of Green Gables or Chatterbox for how good she can be with comedy. Here she's stuck as the romantic subplot with handsome Alan Bruce. They make a pleasant couple and don't detract from things, but I wish she had been given more to work with. All in all, it's a nice little B comedy. Nothing I would go out of my way to see again but worth watching once.


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