Tod Lowell (Dennis O'Keefe)),the quarterback of the Southern State football team has been dating Betty Gilbert (Constance Moore), a nightclub singer. But his mother, Mrs. Henry Lowell objects to her because his father, Senator Henry Lowell (Berton Churchill), is the leading candidate to become the governor of California, and it is believed far and wide that the governor of Claifornia should not be associated with anyone connected to show-business. Tod's mother thinks he should be dating Trudie Morgan (Helen Parrish), the daughter of a political influential politician from San Francisco. Written by
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Political ambitions don't make good bedfellows, and in this messy romantic comedy, the four young leads must create the wackiest of deceptions to fool their overly ambitious parents. College football hero Dennis O'Keefe is the son of a prominent senator (Berton Churchill) who, along with flibberty-gibbet wife Laura Hope Crews, does not want their son to marry nightclub singer Constance Moore. They want to set him up with socialite Helen Parrish who happens to be in love with O'Keefe's football rival Lewis Howard who just happens to be in the nightclub where Moore is singing when O'Keefe and Parrish arrive for a "romantic" evening out planned by their parents. O'Keefe decides that the best way for them to deal with their situation is for him to pretend to be dating Parrish, for Moore to pretend to be dating Howard, and for their parents to be none the wiser as the four of them actually spend time with whom they really love rather than the one their parents want them to be with. O.K., now that I've breathed, I can go forward with this review.
This results in some amusing but confusing complications behind their attempts to elope, and this leads to a very funny scene at a justice of the peace's house (in the middle of the night of course) where the wife of the J.P. does all the talking as the actual J.P. just stands there and yawns. The wife happens to be Margaret Hamilton at her spunkiest, and her few scenes are among the highlight of this "B" programmer. With either Moore or Parrish sitting in the car waiting for Hamilton to get her husband up (I couldn't tell as they look almost alike), Hamilton tells her that the security she's waiting for will end up being social security if she doesn't get in there. Earlier, Moore tells Howard, "As a matter of fact, you're very light on my feet" when he steps on them during their attempts to dance and get a glimpse of O'Keefe and Parrish.
It also seems to me that there was a rivalry between Laura Hope Crews and Marjorie Gateson as to who could be the dizzier of the two society matron mothers trying to dominate their children's lives. It's all pretty glamorous looking for a B movie, but when you get right down to it, at times, it all seems like an overlong short. Moore does get to sing which is always a good thing and certain individual moments in the script are very funny. But it also seemed to me that there was no real conclusion and therefore I must call this one a major disappointment.
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