Smugglers are using a device for controlling airplanes in flight, and newspaper reporters from Chicago are vying for the story. Reporter Elmer Lane is out to scoop rival reporter Betty Harrison, and capture her heart in the process.
When he wins $5000 in an essay contest for a breakfast cereal, small town reporter and amateur aviator Elmer Lane becomes a target for con man Doc Waddington. After the naive newsman involves gullible local businessmen in the scheme, and they discover they've been flim-flammed, his credibility with his friends and fiancée is shattered. In order to restore his reputation, the novice pilot needs to solve a murder and expose a bootlegging smuggling ring. Written by
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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