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I would agree that the movie is not well written or well directed. However, Joe E. Brown is still a great comedian. He offers a lot of clever twists and turns in the plot and makes the whole thing passable entertainment.
Brown belongs on the short list of great 1930's comedians with Laurel and hardy, W.C. Fields and Mae West. He is a wonderful combination of rube and conman. He has a wide mouth not matched in size till Jim Carrey in the 90's.
Even here, not generally his best material, there are many chuckles to be had. The short scene of him taking a bath is a little gem. He has all kinds of weird contraptions to make the bath process easier. Perhaps only Keaton could have done it better. Daredevil antics in an airplane remind one of Harold Lloyd. Except for Lloyd, nobody could have done it better.
There is a curious lack of music throughout this film. I am wondering if the music track was lost at some point. Anybody know about this?
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