Joe Doakes is lamenting to his wife the lack of variety in his meals. In particular, he misses eating stewed tomatoes, the fruit which he believes incorrectly is being rationed as a war ... See full summary »
Joe Doakes is lamenting to his wife the lack of variety in his meals. In particular, he misses eating stewed tomatoes, the fruit which he believes incorrectly is being rationed as a war measure. Mrs. Doakes knows that tomatoes aren't rationed, but she doesn't correct him, especially after he announces that he will grow enough tomatoes to feed the entire block. As he proceeds with his tomato garden, he, unaware of what it actually takes to grow tomato plants successfully, accepts advice from the many people who are willing to give it. The problem ends up being that much of the advice is conflicting. But at the end of the process, Joe is pleased with the fact of having grown a fruit to maturity - regardless of the actual yield of the garden - until someone else, or something else, has a say in what happens to that fruit. Written by
Flat Robert Benchley short has him playing Joe Doakes, an every man who decides he wants to grow his own tomato to eat. The plan starts off simple but soon Joe starts to realize everyone has a plan for him to follow. This is a pretty lifeless short from start to finish. The concept of Joe having to work harder than expected to grow a tomato is an interesting idea but absolutely nothing is done with it. There's no laughs to be found, which is the main reason this film fails. I was really surprised that I didn't laugh once since Benchley is usually good for at least one chuckle. The gag at the end should have worked but it too failed.
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