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This may just be another low-budget comedy from RKO, but Joe Penner had
a way of getting laughs regardless of the script, the cast, or any
Other than Penner, only the Three Stooges could have carried off that "yanking the rattle snake out of the ground and making it stretch like a rubber band" routine. That's not to say that Penner's work resembles the Stooges' work (which is masterful, by the way) but Penner could do it for the length of a feature film.
When you combine Penner's trademark-gaffaws with his seemingly idiotic, yet shrewd comments (like his reply to Richard Lane's backtracking: "Well, I'm glad you finally see it your way...") you can't help but appreciate the subtle way he weaves his outlandishness with rich sly humor.
This may not be the best Penner film, but for a man who only lived 38 years, evidence of his remarkably quick rise to top billing in radio, vaudeville, shorts, and feature films is very evident in this quickie-comedy.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
At least not in this movie. One of the girls has moved back from the
Big Apple but because she was out of apple seeds and needs her wealthy
rancher mother's help. Kathryn Sheldon is the Charlotte Greenwood owner
of the large ranch who happens to notice the acrobatic horse riding of
the zany Adam Sandler look-alike Joe Penner, literally jumping on and
off horses and dancing on their backs as if he was Barishikov. What she
doesn't know is that his agent (Richard Lane) has a petrified almond
which has the ability to hypnotize Penner into getting over his fear of
horses and literally make him a he-man. Ditzy Lorraine Krueger has her
eye instantly on Penner even though she's the subject of amorous
affections by possessive native American Paul Guilfoyle whose Indian
name is Chief Dog in the Manger.
A subplot has Sheldon's rival rancher Lafe McKee manipulated by Lane into thinking that Penner could be his long-lost son. McKee keeps molesting Penner to find evidence through a mole on his back while Lane searches for the missing almond so Penner can help the feisty Sheldon win the rodeo. There are several very funny sequences, especially one where an "Indian Love Call" like moment where Krueger, Penner and Guilfoyle keep confusing each other through "woo-hoo's" in a tall grass field that attracts a local wolf and has them standing in view of the audience without even realizing that the others are right behind them. Another moment has the hypnotized Penner standing up to the knife-clenching Guilfoyle and showing that sometimes, wimpy can win. Plot wise, this is totally silly, thin stuff, but with those really funny moments, its rating rises up to make it better than it would have been otherwise.
Sorry, folks - if you have a relative who was involved in this awful
should avoid my comments - because you won't be happy with my
This was awful in every way. The characters are hollow, the plot is hopeless, and the "comic" moments are painful.
The storyline involves winning a race and saving the ranch for Grandma. Examples of the implausible and unfunny sketches: two folks use a wolf howl as a signal, and a real wolf's howl confuses their signaling. The sheriff must
secretly check Joe for a tattoo, but he has to get Joe to take his shirt off to peek, and Joe is ticklish. Get the picture?
If you are still contemplating trying this one, I suggest you choose acupuncture using railroad spikes, instead.
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