Alexander Botts is a self-described natural born salesman and master mechanic, who is trying to make a big sale of Earthworm tractors to grouchy lumberman Johnson. Since Botts doesn't ... See full summary »
Sad sack Dustin Willoughby is a true believer in the power of astrology. His adherence to the forecasts of his horoscope has alienated his fiancée and cost him his job at the bank. While working as a lowly bus boy in a nightclub, he catches the attention of some high-stakes gamblers with his ability to forecast race results and establishes himself as an astrologer to high society clients.The high rollers mistakenly confuse his horoscope with that of professional boxer "The Salvador Slayer", and bet the ranch on the unknown Central-American pugilist. After they realize their error, they force Dustin into the ring to try and help save the day. Written by
"Color sequences in Technicolor" have been lost for this film; apparently, the animated opening was one of them. Nicely done, this short cartoon turns out to be occurring in the mind of defeated middle-weight boxer Joe E. Brown (as Dustin Willoughby). An astrology enthusiast, Mr. Brown believes his luck in and out of the ring depends upon proper alignment of the stars. He adopts a stray dog ("Zodiac") and goes to visit fiancée Suzanne Kaaren (as Diane Basscombe). Brown calls off their June wedding due to a bad astrological forecast, but will soon meet pretty secretary Marian Marsh (as Jerry Grant). Before that, he bungles his job as a busboy. Brown disguises himself as a chorus girl and then a bearded fortune teller. As the latter, he is hired by carnival barker Fred Keating (as Larry Burke). Lastly, brown gets back in the boxing ring. This was the first film Brown made after leaving Warner Bros., where he'd become a box office super-star. Fit and funny, Brown is able to carry some silly material. Supporting performers Maude Eburne and Edgar Kennedy are worth their weight in laughs.
***** When's Your Birthday? (2/19/37) Harry Beaumont ~ Joe E. Brown, Marian Marsh, Fred Keating, Maude Eburne
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