The Morning Daily newspaper's Mr. Inquisitive column - which has the tagline "I'm Much Obliged" - is holding a contest: tell Mr. Inquisitive what you would like to do, and those stories ...
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The Morning Daily newspaper's Mr. Inquisitive column - which has the tagline "I'm Much Obliged" - is holding a contest: tell Mr. Inquisitive what you would like to do, and those stories which are printed in the newspaper are eligible for a prize. Mr. Inquisitive gets many of these stories from random telephone calls he makes. Most of those people he happens to call are performing artists, who not only tell Mr. Inquisitive what they would like to do, but show him through their performances. The Auntie Pru's Recipe column, which is adjacent to Mr. Inquisitive's and which is written by Mr. Inquisitive's exasperated and sleepless male colleague, gets Mr. Inquisitive into a few scrapes along the way. Written by
I still call the John Wayne-Robert Mitchum classic western El Dorado the 'much obliged' movie. So it was with some curiosity that I watched this Warner Brothers short subject I'm Much Obliged. In El Dorado everyone is constantly saying how they're 'much obliged'. The only things that star George Dobbs is obliged for is a punch in the nose delivered by Lester Cole.
Dobbs plays the columnist who writes the Mr. Inquisitor column whose tagline is 'much obliged. He calls around to various entertainers looking for news for his Walter Winchell like column and he gets to hear a bit of everybody's act. The best is singer Vera Van who delivers a rendition of that smoky torch You Let Me Down which Lee Wiley made popular in the Thirties.
I'm Much Obliged is a pleasant 20 minute musical interlude.
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