It's a little startling to see Guy Kibbee in a toupee -- actually two toupees, since the movie begins with a prologue with him as a young man -- but once you grow used to him, he looks perfectly natural.
By the time the main story begins, Kibbee, or Scattergood Baines, the eponym of this movie, is the owner of a hardware store and the leading citizen of Cold River -- good, folksy advice is free. This is the first of a small series done from a series of story by Clarence Buddington Kelland and while it not a great movie, it is very pleasantly directed by underrated old hand Christy Cabanne, who manages to insert the occasional interesting shot when the mood calls for it. All in all, a pleasant second feature.
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