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Mr. Chump (1938)

 -  Comedy  -  8 August 1938 (USA)
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A small town boy prefers playing the trumpet to working.



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Cast overview:
Johnnie Davis ...
Bill (Scats) Small
Jane Mason
Penny Singleton ...
Betty Martin
Donald Briggs ...
Jim Belden
Chester Clute ...
Ed Mason
Frank Orth ...
Sheriff Frank Hinton
Granville Bates ...
Abner Sprague
Spencer Charters ...
Mr. Koeper


A small town boy prefers playing the trumpet to working.

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8 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mister Chump  »

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It's 1938!
12 October 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Good thing they tell you this specifically in this Warner B comedy, because this hodge-podge small town comedy might have been made by Mack Sennett in 1923, given sound. It's all very mechanical and by-the-numbers as small-town inventor and swing trumpeter Johnny Davis wrangles with sweetheart Penny Singleton (about ten minutes before she bolted for Columbia Pictures and the Blondie series) against stuffed-shirt banker and park-band conductor Donald Briggs.

This being a Warner B, everyone talks very fast and there is something heartless about the direction by perpetual Warner B director William Clemens. A few scenes show the gloss that a big studio could afford in their Bs, like the one in the roadhouse, but this is one you can skip.

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