Tod and Buz, in San Diego and employed in aerospace jobs, save a drunken man from drowning while they are enjoying a day off. The man's underage niece uses her influence to get Tod and Buz ...
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Tod and Buz, in San Diego and employed in aerospace jobs, save a drunken man from drowning while they are enjoying a day off. The man's underage niece uses her influence to get Tod and Buz to help her. The objective is to sober him up so he can remain her guardian. The man is not cooperative and is hiding a secret. Written by
This one combines "Lost Weekend" and a Shirley Temple movie. Young Susan Melvin plays the heir of a couple that died in a plane crash. She now owns a hotel in San Diego but is the ward of her drunken Uncle, (the always excellent Dan Duryea), who 'runs' it for her by giving his buddies the run of the place. A representative of the bank who runs the trust the inheritance is part of, (Vaughn Taylor) wants Duryea out and has lined up, (an unseen), 'nice' couple to take care of her. The young girl loves her Uncle but doesn't love the bank. Tod and the girl try to collect the money the uncle's friends owe to the hotel while Buz, in scenes that anticipate season 2's "Birdcage on my Foot", tries to sober the old sot up.
It's a very sentimental story but comes off as more sappy than moving. One thing that bothered me: Stirling Silliphant's script has the boys working at a missile plant, where Buz is in the factory assembling the missiles and Tod is up on the gantry where test missiles are fired off. The girl has enough clout to walk into the headquarters of the missile company and get Tod and Buz assigned to her personal use, (she met them when they fished Uncle Mike out of the bay after he drunkenly fell into it.) How do these two wanderers get what must be fairly technical jobs like that? And how does the girl get the head of the company to give her two of his employees like that? Why not just make T & D employees of the hotel to begin with? I guess they just wanted some shots of the missile plant, (and they are spectacular). I just like things to make sense.
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