Gubernatorial candidate Bo Gumbs fervently believes that politics is nothing more than entertainment, and he shows his true colors graphically during his campaign.



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Bo Gumbs
Harry Goz ...
Louie Farnum
John Zarchen ...
Mimi (as Catherine A. Hayes)
Paul Sparer ...
Narrator (voice)


Gubernatorial candidate Bo Gumbs fervently believes that politics is nothing more than entertainment, and he shows his true colors graphically during his campaign.

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12 May 1985 (USA)  »

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Bo Gumbs: [talking to the bellboy in an eerie hotel, before making a speech in his campaign for governor] Hey, you wanna know what politics is really all about?
Peter: Oh, yes sir!
Bo Gumbs: Well, you better sit down for this. Son, politics is a game. Ain't nothin' to do with the issues. It's a show! That's right. People wanna have a good time. You make them laugh, and they'll love ya for it!
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Tales From The Darkside If The Shoes Fit
13 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A narcissistic politician from the south named Bo Gumbs is invited to a creepy hotel with no other visitors. There he meets a fat maid (Mimi) and a bell-boy (Peter) who he makes friends with and tells them that politics are really all about making people laugh and have fun. They decide to have a little fun with him by using magic (unexplained why they can use magic in the episode) to prank him. Peter gets him a clown suit and tries to make him wear it but Bo refuses, saying it looks silly. Bo's campaign manager shows up and thinks Bo got drunk and got stage fright before the election because he finds Bo hopping around and muttering about an evil bell-boy who won't let him get dressed, but Peter's magic is only visible to Bo, so the manager just ignores him. Mimi and Peter turn Bo into a clown, revealing his true thoughts to the public and watching as he drives away in a clown car and off into a dark background.

Although the show didn't have the best effects, for a show made in 1984 the effects were pretty great. The characters were funny and believable as well as original and the story was well thought out. The costumes and scenery were great and although it wasn't scary it was intriguing. The background music and soundtrack was mostly clown music and music from a children's music box to fit the scenes, but they made it slightly eerie which was great.For anybody looking for a show not too scary but creepy and even funny at times, this is a great selection. For a scarier one, try Inside The Closet (episode 8.)

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