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The first Eagle-Lion film stars Kenny Delmar as Senator Beauregard Claghorn, his "Allen's Alley" resident-character heard on Fred Allen's radio program. Claghorn was a blustery, one-man-Chamber-of-Commerce for all things Southern, who had no tolerence for anything north of the Mason-Dixon line, although he made allowances for South Philly. The character inspired the creation of one of the most popular of the Warners' cartoon characters, Foghorn Leghorn, who re-worked most of the originals material and style. The title of this movie is a stock line- "it's a joke, son"---he would feed a befuddled Fred Allen each week. In the film, Claghorn gets into some financial difficulties and is forced by a machine-political gang to enter a race for state senator against his wife (Una Merkel) who appears to have a good chance to beat the political hack backed by the machine. Claghorn is in to siphon votes and ensure his wife's opponent will win and is expected to run a campaign that will defeat ... Written by
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Beauregard Claghorn is a man proud of his Southern roots. He hates anything that might be deemed Northern. His loyalties are deeply rooted South of the Mason-Dixon line, as he'll tell anyone that asks his opinion. He is married to Magnolia, a strong willed woman and has a lovely young daughter, Mary Lou, who is seeing an ambitious young man, Jeff Davis. The young people would like to get married and settle down to a new kind of business beginning to sweep America: frozen food!
Claghorn comes into some money from the sale of mint to a big firm. When Mary Lou tells about Jeff's plan to invest in a frozen food truck, he decides to give them the money for a down payment. Little prepares him to know that Magnolia has decided to offer the same amount to a patriotic Southern ladies' organization and plans to run for a seat in the state senate. Beauregard decides to enter the contest himself as a way to get some serious money.
"It's a Joke, Son" is a funny film directed by Benjamin Stoloff, featuring Kenny Delmar, a successful comedian, popular in radio during that time. Una Merkel is seen as Magnolia. Lovely June Lockhart appears as Mary Lou.
The film, a running time of only 63 minutes, is a delightful comedy with a few laughs that takes the viewer to a less complicated time in America.
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