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Margie Blake, who wants to get married young and have two dozen kids, has a flat tire and traveling salesman Tom Wilson, who believes in "loving 'em and leaving 'em" stops to help. They soon discover they are polar opposites and dislike each other very much. Oklahoma oilman Sam Sawyer and his new bride Emmy, on their way to honeymoon in Niagara Falls, come along and offer help and Sam gets the idea that Margie and Tom are married and having a lover's spat. Later when all are checking into the hotel, the befuddled manager, thanks to Sam who is still trying to get them to kiss and make up, gives them a room together which Marge and Tom don't realize, since Sam has given up his and Emmy's Honeymoon Suite in order to get them over their spat. Sam takes over and locks them in the suite together for the night and stands guard outside the room until they solve their marital problems. Sam has some of his own with the frustrated Emmy as they have put off their wedding for twenty years in order... Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is some new kind of insanity. They say the story of making some pictures is more interesting than the pictures themselves but how this film ever got packaged like this must be the best story to come out of the post MGM Hal Roach Studio. Now you will find this film listed as 43 minutes and to be sure NIAGARA FALLS (1941) clocks in at 43 minutes and 7 seconds as seen in a copy shown on CUNY TV in New York. When Turner Classics announced a screening of NIAGARA FALLS they put it in a 90 minute slot. I thought that possibly they were planning on filling the time with some of the Zasu Pitts/Thelma Todd two reelers that they'd been showing recently.
I already had a copy of NIAGARA FALLS but out of curiosity I fired up the old VCR and was surprised that when after the credits a whole different picture came on. I did some research and found out that what had happened was that MISS POLLY (1941), also starring Zasu Pitts and Slim Summerville, had been shoehorned in. The MISS POLLY portion of the picture is exactly 43 minutes long and the NIAGARA FALLS section lacks only 20 sec. including the titles for a total of 1:25:40. Apparently Hal Roach made these weird running time films he called "streamliners", longer than the longest "shorts" at 20-25 min. but not quite up to the industry standards for a minimum running time for a feature.
They weren't on the same bill, with NIAGARA FALLS released on Oct. 17 1941 and MISS POLLY on Nov. 14. Just when and how and why these films were joined together must be a story. They were both reissued in 1948 by Favorite Films and marketed on DVD by Alpha Video in 2006. There are many DVD's which combine several old B's and programmers but as separate entities so the suspicion is that Favorite did it to market the re-issue as a legitimate feature. They accomplished this very simply. Keeping the original opening and closing titles from NIAGARA FALLS (making everyone who made or appeared in MISS POLLY uncredited) they simply ran MISS POLLY and at the end, (minus the end credits, the missing 20 sec.?) they suddenly fade and resolve to the beginning of NIAGARA FALLS which, curiously enough, is a set up for a flash back, giving this version of NIAGARA FALLS one of the weirdest structures of any film extant. While MISS POLLY ends with Slim Summerville, who is Zasu Pitts handyman, the object of dosed leers from the town prude, NIAGARA FALLS begins with Summerville and Pitts newly married and on the road to Niagara Falls. This "mystery" is something of a tempest in a teapot as both pictures are rehashed bits from the dawn of cinema as Hal Roach never tossed away a gag. For example here's the two people sharing a bathroom who don't know about the other gag.
So this is recommended only for completests, obsessing supporting player fanatics, fans of Slim Summerville and/or Zasu Pitts or the merely curious. Sort of like One Million B.C. sit coms.
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