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After the accidental death of an idiot heir, a stunt man is hired to impersonate him while the family gathers to determine the dispersment of the estate of Miss Tatlock's millions.Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Sunday 8 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), and it soon became a popular local film favorite as it was next initially aired in Milwaukee 6 May 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Chicago 20 June 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Los Angeles 15 September 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Grand Rapids 17 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Detroit 14 November 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Asheville 17 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), and in Indianapolis 10 April 1960 on WFBM (Channel 6). See more »
I saw this movie on its release when I was about 12 years old. It was a wild riot, and a big neighborhood hit. Kids would be singing "I don't want to set the world on fire" in school. That was it! If it reappeared on TV in the 60's, I wasn't watching TV then, so I only had the late 40s memory of it. Lately, I started wondering how the movie would affect me today, but it had disappeared. I assumed that the movie was a victim of political correctness; it had probably been pulled from circulation because the lead character imitated a developmentally disordered/cognitive impaired psychotic person.
However, after some internet searching, I got a good enough copy to view.
It is a mild enough comedy. As a child, I was convulsed at the weird behavior of Skylar. This must have been why I remembered it as being so funny. Today, it seems that John Lund did a Jerry Lewis type bit before Jerry Lewis became famous doing it. So, now, the crazy guy didn't seem all that wildly crazy after all those years of watching Jerry Lewis doing the same shtick Still. There are funny lines, good performances, and a tight script..and...wasn't Wanda Hendrix super cute? That must have also affected me when I was 12. Oh, yeah!
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