The executive committee of the Grouch Club meets in the office of the Grouch Master to review an application for membership from Mr. F.T. Smith. As the Grouch Master reads Mr. Smith's letter, we see the events enacted. He's been in the city two weeks and goes to the free public library to check out James Hilton's "We Are Not Alone." The librarian explains to what he must do as a new resident to get his card: complete an application, have a property owner vouch for him, be in the phone book, or own a home are four ways to qualify. Mr. Smith tries strategy after strategy: will he ever get to read Hilton's book? And what about his application to join the club?Written by
The "plot" of this Warners short concerns a man named F.T. Smith who is applying for membership in The Grouch Club, an organization of men who like to grouch about everything. On his application, Smith relates the experience he had trying to get a card at his local library, and why that qualifies him for membership in this club. There are only about two or three even remotely funny things in this film, otherwise it's a complete dud. This badly written, poorly directed, overacted mess tries to pass itself off as a screwball comedy, but virtually nothing works. The only interesting thing about is it that "F.T. Smith" is played by character actor Arthur Q. Bryan, who made his name as the voice of none other than the beloved Elmer Fudd of the great Warners cartoons of the 1930s and 1940s. Bryan actually LOOKS like Elmer Fudd, and if you close your eyes when he speaks, you can definitely hear Elmer's voice. Otherwise, there's absolutely no reason whatsoever to watch this time-waster.
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