Oliver Boggs, a typical office drone, with no success in sight, who can spout statistics about anything and everything, wins $1500 in a bean-guessing contest at the movie theatre, quits his...
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Ernest B. Schoedsack
Oliver Boggs, a typical office drone, with no success in sight, who can spout statistics about anything and everything, wins $1500 in a bean-guessing contest at the movie theatre, quits his job and sets forth for the seedy, down-at-the-heels town of Peckham Falls. There he buys a barrel factory and falls in love with Irene Lee, the snobbish niece of crusty old Morton Ross, the town's only rich man and owner of the closed canneries. Oleander Tubbs and her inventor father Angus, who sold Oliver the factory, tell him it has no future but he disagrees and says he will have everything booming again. Oleander thinks he is daffy but she and her father agree to help him. Angus invents a collapsible barrel and Oliver, seeing fame and fortune just ahead, spends all of his money just keeping the factory going. Oliver persuades old man Ross to re-open the canneries and to use the ground-breaking barrels and things appear to be going okay, until Dennis Andrews, Ross' slick attorney, tries to ... Written by
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This film was first telecast Friday 26 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1); in Los Angeles it first aired Tuesday 15 November 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »
I have never understood the appeal of Stu Erwin. In the 1930s and 40s, he starred in quite a few films--most of which were pretty ordinary (at best). While it was nice to see his nice-guy character, he was also pretty forgettable and bland. Here he is again, starring in another B-movie that is pretty ordinary. It's not offensive or dumb--but also not all that interesting either and has 'time-passer' written all over it.
Mr. Boggs is a nice guy who has a weird fixation with trivia and statistics. He works a very ordinary job and has a rather dull life. However, when he wins a contest, he impulsively quits his job. Then, also rather impulsively, he buys a barrel-making business and tries to make it work--though it was on the verge of bankruptcy. And, because he's so nice, he can't stand the idea of selling out and laying off all his employees--plus doing this will sour his relationship with a new lady in his life. Will Mr. Boggs make it work?
As I said, the film is pretty ordinary--which isn't all that surprising considering it was made by tiny Grand National--a small-time studio along the lines of PRC. Nothing bad or good--sort of like the Wonderbread of the film industry.
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