A timid man (Ed Wynn) is thrust into the spotlight when his father is honored as a hero. He blunders into a series of adventures because of a woman (Dorothy Mackaill) and becomes a hero ...
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A timid man (Ed Wynn) is thrust into the spotlight when his father is honored as a hero. He blunders into a series of adventures because of a woman (Dorothy Mackaill) and becomes a hero himself. Although two political parties try to use him for their benefit, he unwittingly foils all their plans. This is based on Wynn's famous radio character, and the film ends with Wynn on his own radio show.Written by
This film's first telecast took place in Chicago Wednesday 19 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Portland OR 6 November 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Baltimore 23 December 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Hartford CT 17 May 1958 on WHCT (Channel 18), in New York City 7 July 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 17 July 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Tampa 14 August 1958 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Kalamazoo 8 October 1958 on WKZO (Channel 3), in New Haven 4 November 1958 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Miami 17 December 1958 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Cleveland 31 December 1958 on KYW (Channel 3), and in Indianapolis 23 August 1959 on WLW-I (Channel 13); it finally found its way to Des Moines 22 February 1961 on WHO (Channel 13) and to San Francisco 16 August 1961 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
Ed Wynn is listed in the cast as Ed Wynn "The Perfect Fool" and that's because he first gained fame on stage from a show with that title. In 1932 he became an overnight sensation with his radio show 'The Fire Chief' and this film is an attempt by MGM to make some money off Wynn's success. But taking his show to film was not a success, either at the box office or as a movie. It's all wheezy stuff now. Wynn does his dithery, silly shtick as the turn-of-the-century doofus "hero" of a local fire department who is co-opted by political wheeler dealers trying to make him an alderman. Oddly, the film ends with Wynn dropping any pretense of playing his character and instead doing his radio show: explaining into a microphone what happens with the remainder of the story and characters. The film has shades of a Harold Lloyd feature, but without the laughs. And Wynn is an acquired taste, seeing as he's both physically repulsive and cartoonish in voice and manner. But fans of Wynn and/or Golden Age of Radio buffs may find it of interest.
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