Radio announcer Harry Von Zell is a practical joker. One day, a turban-wearing visitor shows up at the radio station and tells Harry that he is there to take Harry's head back to his Asian tribe to replace that of their dead-leader, and since Harry's head is a dead-ringer for the dead leader's head, Harry must make the sacrifice. Hasim does not explain why their dead leader has no head. A wild chase follows from studio to studio, breaking up several shows in progress and irking a prospective sponsor, until both are caught and brought before Judge Vernon Dent. Harry's wife explains that she had hired the fake swami in the hopes the joke would cause Harry to give up his practical-joke playing. The judge dismisses the case with a warning to Harry to cease and desist and offers to shake hands with Harry. Harry then learns that the judge is something of a practical joker himself. Written by
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I know Harry von Zell as a member of the George Burns-Gracie Allen TV cast and, before that, as a radio announcer. I was surprised to see this Columbia short, one of about ten he starred in for Jules White's unit at Columbia. He's pretty good in a role that looks like it was written for Shemp Howard when he was doing solo shorts. Now Shemp was back with the Three Stooges and, if this is not a retread of an earlier script -- they did a lot of that in Columbia's shorts department -- then Harry was being tried out as a replacement.
It's not much of a stretch for Harry. He plays an announcer at a radio station. The gimmick is that he is a practical joker, which annoys everyone, which sets up the second half of the comedy and makes the outcome fairly obvious. There is a fine chase sequence through the radio station and old pro Vernon Dent gets the final and best joke. The result is pretty standard for Columbia and if you like the Stooges or Shemp, you'll enjoy this.
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