New York society matron Elsa Maxwell has been asked by her society friend, Mrs. Peyton, to be in charge of the entertainment for the upcoming Milk Fund bazaar, the idea being to have ... See full summary »
New York society matron Elsa Maxwell has been asked by her society friend, Mrs. Peyton, to be in charge of the entertainment for the upcoming Milk Fund bazaar, the idea being to have something original. Elsa's nephew, reporter Doug Abbott, has an idea for the entertainment: a boxing exhibition. He has just won the contract of boxer 'Slapsie' Maxie Rosenbloom, who could be one of the boxers. Upon meeting Slapsie, Elsa is able to convince him that she could train him for the bout despite his initial hesitation due to she being a "she". Elsa and Slapsie go through their ups and downs of training, his feelings about being associated with a group of society matrons in a Long Island bazaar, and his thoughts about his opponent, contender One Punch McGurk. Through it all, Elsa may have more at stake that her side wins than Slapsie. Written by
Elsa Maxwell, a famous gossip columnist, plays herself here. Her nephew (George Reeves) wins the contract of a boxer (Max "Slapsie" Rosenbloom) during a poker game and decides to make him fight for a special benefit. This Warner short isn't the greatest comedy ever written and there's no doubt that it's not Oscar-worthy material but there's enough charm and imagination to it that fans of comedies should certainly check it out. What makes the film worth viewing is the fact that both Maxwell and Rosenbloom are willing to make themselves look like idiots in order to get a laugh. I've become a fan of Rosenbloom over the years as I find the former boxer to have a nice comic timing and he's certainly very capable of playing dumb. I was surprised to see how many jokes Maxwell makes about herself and how much abuse she goes through in the film. The highlight of the movie is when the two perform the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. The final boxing match is fairly funny even if it is predictable.
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