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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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Johnnie Davis ...
Bill (Scats) Small
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Jane Mason
Penny Singleton ...
Betty Martin
Donald Briggs ...
Jim Belden
Chester Clute ...
Ed Mason
Frank Orth ...
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A small town boy prefers playing the trumpet to working.

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8 August 1938 (USA)  »

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I Wanna Go Back to Bali
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Music by Harry Warren
Played by the band when Bill is telling Jim about marriage bills
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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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