Elwood Martin (Gordon Jones), a brash extrovert with an aversion to work come to live with Walt Wallet (Don Beddoe) and his wife, Phyllis (Madelon Baker). He blunders about their house, and the diner owned by Corky Wallet (Scotty Beckett) and the fix-it shop belonging to Skeezix Wallet (Jimmy Lydon), creating havoc at every stop. Corky and his kid sister, Judy Wallet (Patti Brady) decide the only way to save the Wallet family from bankruptcy and insanity is to persuade the free-loading Elwood to move on. The latter then fakes an injured back. Written by
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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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