This Columbia All-Star Comedy short (production number 8424) has Hugh Herbert all excited over the pending arrival of his rich uncle, but Hugh has to first deal with a jealous husband whose... See full summary »

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This Columbia All-Star Comedy short (production number 8424) has Hugh Herbert all excited over the pending arrival of his rich uncle, but Hugh has to first deal with a jealous husband whose wife ripped her dress in Hughs room, and, when the uncle does arrive, there is a case of mistaken identity. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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13 February 1947 (USA)  »

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One of the very few Hugh Herbert two-reelers to feature the generic "Merrily We Roll Along" theme over the opening credits, as most of them used an instrumental rendition of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". See more »

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Remade as Gents in a Jam (1952) See more »

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One of the better Herbert shorts.
29 February 2016 | by (Chicora, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Hugh receives a telegram from his rich uncle Newton explaining he is coming for a visit, which excites him, but things go from bad to worse when he is caught in a compromising position with a female neighbor, Hugh's wife, and the neighbor's husband. Hugh is then forced to fix the situation before uncle Newton arrives.

This was the last Herbert short directed by Edward Bernds, due to a falling-out behind the scenes stating that Herbert didn't give it his best. Herbert had been a popular supporting comic actor in the 1930s at Warner Bros., Universal, and several other studios. His forte was dialogue humor, not slapstick. Shortly after, producer Hugh McCollum had brought back veteran director Del Lord to helm the Herbert comedies produced for the unit, although Bernds would write a later Herbert short, TROUBLE IN-LAWS directed by McCollum. Bernds would remake HOT HEIR with the Stooges as GENTS IN A JAM, which would be the final short for Bernds when he left the studio when Jules White fired McCollum.


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