Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass heads up the town's Purity League and is so good at imposing restrictions of keeping the girls and boys apart that there hasn't been a marriage in the town in over ... See full summary »
Mrs. Minerva Snodgrass heads up the town's Purity League and is so good at imposing restrictions of keeping the girls and boys apart that there hasn't been a marriage in the town in over two years. Her next-door neighbor, Miss Panadora Polly, aptly named based on what she lets out of the box later in the film, is doing her best to promote the romance between town-nerd Eddie and Minerva's daughter Barbara. Miss Polly also does a lot of reflecting on what-might-have been regarding her own life reference romance, or the lack thereof. She and her handyman Slim Wilkins and (described in the dialogue) "housekeeper and companion" Patsy try sampling some of the spirits in the cellar, as Miss Polly is looking for the one that makes one nervy and romantic, that she is sure is there according to family legend. She finds it and it works as advertised and even better, and it is no pretty sight when the horny Zasu Pitts puts a hit on grocery-boy Mickey Daniels. She skips - she really does - down to... Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
An amazingly lame and limp "comedy" this is an almost complete misfire
Uggghhh! Considering this was a Hal Roach production (the same genius responsible for pairing Laurel with Hardy and creating Harold Lloyd and Charley Chase), this SHOULD have been a lot better and at least funny! Instead, it's a film full of very broad and tired-looking situations. Anchoring this film is Zasu Pitts. Her humor is often pretty grating and unfunny, though she is an excellent supporting actress. Placing her at the center of all this was not, in hindsight, a good idea. And the humor seemed catered to a very undemanding audience (such as kids and those who thought I DREAM OF JEANIE was a great show), so there was no subtlety or finesse to the script, direction or performances. For example, the behaviors of Pitts after she drank the "magic tonic" was just awful and uninspired.
All this is a real shame, as the film began very well and COULD have been good. In a fictional small town, a large group of nasty old prunes have seized control of the government and have determined to eliminate ANYTHING that smacks of fun!! Believe me, I have known people just like this and taking jabs at these "holier-than-thou" hypocrites is a great idea. Too bad the execution left so much to be desired.
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