Tod and Buz, driving through rural Missouri "about four hours out of Kansas City", decide to detour and go fishing. On the way they pick up a "Jonah" who carries "slapstick" bad luck ...
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Tod and Buz, driving through rural Missouri "about four hours out of Kansas City", decide to detour and go fishing. On the way they pick up a "Jonah" who carries "slapstick" bad luck wherever he goes. Unknowingly, he also carries an engagement ring which will determine whether or not his brother will be freed. Written by
Tod shows no interest in the fishing taking place all during the episode, leaving it to Jonah and Buz to fish. In real life, Martin Milner was such an avid angler he hosted his own radio show, "Let's Talk Hook-Up". See more »
Some episodes are an entrée. Some are dessert. This one is cotton candy.
This one features two grand old comedians, Buster Keaton and Joe E. Brown, and not much else. Keaton plays Jonah, (thus the biblical reference of the title), who everyone, including himself, considers to be a jinx. Poor George Maharis winds up in the water again, (twice), saving Jonah from drowning. He's been trying to fish but has never caught one. They try to help him out, which is an excuse for Buster to go through some of his old comedy routines from the silent days: he helps them change a flat tire but lets the spare get away. He runs after it, only to have it roll up a hill and back down at him, causing him to run away from it. He also desires to anchor his rowboat but the rope is too short and the boat slowly sinks with him and poor George in it. None of these routines have the impact they did in the old days, largely because Buster is a baggy-eyed old man with death around the corner. Slapstick comedy works much better with young, healthy- looking comedians. With old men it just seems sad.
Joe E. Brown does better in the mildly amusing role of Jonah's brother Sam, whose daughter, (Jenny Maxwell, who was previously in "Fly Away Home") has hidden an engagement ring in Jonah's tackle box. The estranged suitor wants it back and has taken Sam to court. Jonah, after finally catching a fish after using the ring to replace a broken on his pole, shows up in the nick of time to produce the ring after hooking almost everyone in the room with the other end of his line. The boyfriend and his thug pals are sore losers and get into a comic fight with Todd, Buz and the brothers which they again wind up on the short end of.
As another old time comedian, Porky Pig, used to say, that's all folks. They had more fun doing it than you'll have watching it.
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