Other than the title, this film has no connection at all to the 1934 W.C. Fields film of the same title even though some sources give the plot of the Fields' film as the plot of this film. ...
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Other than the title, this film has no connection at all to the 1934 W.C. Fields film of the same title even though some sources give the plot of the Fields' film as the plot of this film. Hubert Abercrombie Gumm (Hugh Herbert), a flighty, eccentric screwball (what else)acquires a job as an executive at a radio station at the insistence of his only-slightly less eccentric aunt Fannie Handley (Esther Dale), who is married to one of the company owners, Ernest Truex. After mixing up the script pages to the various radio programs, Hubert sets out to get the name of a returning explorer on a contract for the radio station. Written by
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If you are lucky enough to find this rare B movie farce, look out for a squeaky voiced secretary who seems dumber than a box of republican presidential ballots, listen close for the voice. Recognize it? The actress's name, I discovered, is Grace Stafford, and upon further research, I discovered that she was the voice of woody woodpecker! Imagine how she entertained Halloween visitors and her own grandchildren! She's only a bit part in this screwy hour of silliness, but certainly not forgotten! If the screwy cartoon bird were to meet wealthy family black sheep Hugh Herbert, he'd be convinced that he was the smartest individual in that room!
Herbert is a wacky nephew of imperious Esther Dale, the wife of one of the partners of a huge advertising firm, demanding that Herbert be hired. But on his first day on the job, Herbert screws everything up, and Dale tries to prevent his firing by ensuring that Herbert is responsible for the addition of a major client. The comedy comes to a screeching halt thanks to a romantic subplot between client Robert Paige and Anne Gwynne that distracts from the comedy provided by Herbert and the severe looking Dale who turns into a zany character herself simply by being around Herbert. While this wouldn't be considered classic with or without the Gwynne/Paige pairing, it's a lot less memorable than had they just stuck to the farce. The hatchet faced Eily Malyon provides some great comic moments in encounters with the equally formidable Dale.
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