Edgar discovers a cache of gold coins in his attic but is intimidated by hose painter Billy Franey into sharing his illegal stash.

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Edgar Kennedy ...
Edgar Kennedy
Vivien Oakland ...
Vivien Kennedy
Billy Franey ...
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Eddie Dunn ...
Jones, Neighbor
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Vivian leaves to go shopping while Edgar is trying to tend his flower garden and cope with obnoxious house painter Billy Franey. While rummaging through the attic, Kennedy stumbles on a long-hidden stash of gold coins, which Franey informs him are now illegal to own. Edgar is bullied into agreeing to share them with Franey in order to buy his silence but must bury them in order to legally take possession of what would be buried treasure, not illegally hoarded coins. After burying them in his flower garden, he finds that unneighborly neighbor Mr. Jones has had his property resurveyed and a fence erected... with Edgar's gold on the wrong side. Franey comes up with a hairbrained plan to recover the treasure from the fractious Jones... which includes tunneling and explosives. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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11 June 1937 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Edgar Kennedy: Remember, mum's the word.
Painter: What word?
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Remade as Dig That Gold (1948) See more »

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Chopsticks
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Composed by Euphemia Allen (a.k.a. Arhur de Lulli) (1877)
Under opening credits and whistled by Billy Franey
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You need to understand exactly what's happening here...
21 June 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This one needs a bit of explaining, as most people watching this short film today will have a hard time understanding it. Soon after the film begins, Edgar finds some gold in his attic and the guy working on his roof tells him he could go to jail for having it!! This is because President Franklin Roosevelt has actually campaigned Congress to make gold ownership illegal in order to force people off the gold standard as well as to try to get more currency into circulation. This context is not explained in the film and I am sure most viewers would just be baffled as to why he needs to hide this treasure.

Because it was not illegal to find gold and sell it, Edgar and the roofer decide to pretend to find it buried in his yard. The only problem is, where Kennedy buried it happens to be in his neighbor's yard--as the property boundary was apparently wrong. And, to make it worst, the neighbor is a violent nut who shoots at Edgar whenever he tries to come in his yard. So, the two decide to tunnel to the treasure! This is a very strange plot--and I certainly can't think of another film like it! I was happy to see that this film was NOT one Edgar Kennedy made with Florence Lake. They had made a lot of domestic comedies together and the DVD I bought had mostly their films on it--which is a shame, as Lake's character was among the most annoying in film history! Instead, Vivian Oakland plays his wife it's much more watchable. Plus, even though the plot is weird, it is kind of funny and worth seeing. Not a great film, but a good one.


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