Poor Barney (in more than one sense, at that), he goes to a great deal of
trouble to find a treasure, only to run into a gopher that makes his life
miserable (the Marquise de Gopher, perhaps) and thus we are treated to a
raft of sight gags almost painful to watch executed with obvious glee (I
wonder if the scriptwriter disliked Barney) for everyone but the victim.
The ending of this one reminds me of a quote attributed to Charles
regarding success in Hollywood that it's "like climbing up a mountain of
(fertilizer) to pick a rose growing on top, only to discover when you've
reached your goal that you've lost your sense of smell." To say that poor
Barney is the butt of a cruel joke from the universe is an understatement.
You can almost hear the rimshot at the end. One of the better late Barney
Bear shorts, which didn't always work, because the second set featured a
"nice" Barney without the offsetting gruffness that made the first
incarnation entertaining. Well worth watching. Most recommended.
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