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Step Lively, Jeeves! (1937)

Butler Jeeves goes to America duped by mobsters into believing he is the heir to the fortune of Sir Francis Drake.

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Butler Jeeves goes to America duped by mobsters into believing he is the heir to the fortune of Sir Francis Drake.

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As Jeeves and the con men drive along a London street, in the rear projection can be seen the shop windows of a cabinet maker named "Woodhouse and Son." See more »

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Follows Thank You, Jeeves! (1936) See more »

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Minor film - but a footnote to a classic swindle
27 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like P. G. Wodehouse, but this film is not in the same category as A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS. That film showed the Wodehouse's characterizations and situations at their funniest. This one seems strained. But it's cast is a nice one, and it has an interesting social historic note to it.

Alan Dinehart and George Givot are planning to make Arthur Treacher (Jeeves) their guinea pig in a scam in which he is the heir to the supposed "millions" of pounds estate of the English sea hero Sir Francis Drake. Incredibly, in the 1920s and 1930s, thousands of foolish people in the U.S., the British Empire, and elsewhere, paid money to the head of a scam in which the people were told they were heirs to Drake's fortune. It was not until just before World War II that the scam was finally cracked. It is curious that this 1937 film actually used such a current swindle in it's plot, but they may have felt it would have increased the audience for an otherwise mediocre film.


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