The executive committee of the Grouch Club meets in the office of the Grouch Master to review an application for membership from Mr. F.T. Smith. As the Grouch Master reads Mr. Smith's letter, we see the events enacted. He's been in the city two weeks and goes to the free public library to check out James Hilton's "We Are Not Alone." The librarian explains to what he must do as a new resident to get his card: complete an application, have a property owner vouch for him, be in the phone book, or own a home are four ways to qualify. Mr. Smith tries strategy after strategy: will he ever get to read Hilton's book? And what about his application to join the club? Written by
You'll Become A 'Grouch' Watching This - It's Not Funny
This short feature stars "The Grouch Club." Jack Lescoulie Jr. plays the "Grouchmaster." The story was written by Nat Hiken of "Bilko" television fame. That program was a lot funnier than this little film.
The group is meeting to discuss the latest application for membership. Lescoulie gives the definition of a grouch (I think I qualify!) and then goes over the application with the four other guys in the room. That's the last we see of him until the end.
The bulk of the story is about "F.T. Smith" and his trials and tribulations of trying to take out a book at the public library. They make it about impossible with one obstacle after another. Arthur Bryan is Smith and Nancy Evans is the librarian. Detmar Poppen (nice name) is the library manager who keeps threatening to kick Smith out of the library for being too loud.
Frankly, I saw nothing humorous in this skit - nothing. I can't believe this would make people laugh, but I guess humor was a lot different back in 1938.
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