In 1951, Columbia Pictures made two Gasoline Alley films which were based on the comic strip. However, seeing as no additional films in the series were made, you have to assume they weren't particularly successful. In many ways, they are a lot like the Blondie and Dagwood films made during the previous decade--family comedies with acting and situations that are rather broad but likable.
This film begins with a recap of previous film so that the audience can get caught up on the characters. You soon learn that Skeezix has financial trouble--and so Corky and his wife need to put their plans on buying a house on hold. But, everyone's problems get a lot worse when Elwood (Gordon Jones) comes for a visit. This family member is a freeloader--an unwelcome house guest who is a know-it-all who seems to destroy everything he touches. And no matter how they try, they can't seem to get rid of this pest...until they come up with a plan.
All in all, a slight but enjoyable film. It's not the sort of thing I'd rush out to see, but it's agreeable and worth your time. Too bad they didn't make a few more of these films.
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