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
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Short film but packed with funny scenes and some terrific comic actors. Zasu Pitts stars are the town's old maid who runs afoul of her snotty neighbor (Kathleen Howard) by encouraging the old bat's daughter to run off and get married. Howard also dislikes Pitts' handyman (Slim Summerville) who is a hare-brained inventor. Howard is also head of the town's "purity league" and tries to control everything that happens in town. But then Pitts remembers some booze in the basement that, 20 years ago, got some folks all hopped up....
Excellent performances by Zasu Pitts and Kathleen Howard. Also very good is Brenda Forbes as the maid. Summerville is funny as the spazzy inventor. Elyse Knox and Richard Clayton are the lovers. Look for George Chandler, Vera Lewis, Sarah Edwards, Virginia Sale, Mickey Daniels, and Noel Neill (from TV's Superman).
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