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Buzz and Abercrombie are agents trying to get Jeff Parker the lead in a movie musical. Routines include Lou's insomnia and his being unable to hear Bud due to his wearing an earplug. Lots of movie studio stuff. Written by
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Casting the boys as barbers in a Hollywood studio provides all sorts of comedic possibilities. However, in my book, only some skits work, while others go on past the point of maximum laugh effect. The roller-coaster whirlwind is a real grabber, but loses effect by overdoing. Still the first minute or so of onrushing cars almost had me under the seat. Also, the balloon shaving bit goes on long after its comedic point has been made. Nonetheless, other bits work well. Poor CostelloI don't know how many of the barroom stunts were his and not those of a double, but either way he should have gotten triple pay. It's not until you see athletic skits such as this that you realize how many physical skills the little fat guy has.
It's fun glimpsing behind-the-scenes activities of movie-making. Shooting the musical scene, for example, with its exploding set looks like it requires all the skills of a military operation to make sure everything goes right. Then too, the rivalry between LeMaise (Stanton) and Parker (Bob Haymes, Dick's brother) over the lead in a movie also shows the business side of the industry, in humorous A&C fashion, of course. And get a load of long-legged Frances Rafferty (Claire) getting to show off her dancing and singing talents in a sprightly musical number. She certainly deserved a bigger career than she got.
Anyway, the movie's one of the team's most interesting if not their funniest and still merits a look-see.
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