Why wasn't Dorothy Lee a bigger star??? Was she so closely associated with Wheeler and Woolsey that when their careers petered out so did hers??? Although her singing was more Helen Kane than Helen Morgan, she was more than just a cute kid. She really livened up Wheeler and Woolsey movies - to a lot of people she was the main attraction.
There was always a catchy song sung in a novel way in their movies. In this film they are doing a broadcast from a drugstore - Dorothy Lee as Peggy is tipsy from too much lemon syrup (bootleg liquor) and launches into a cute song and dance to "I'm That Way About You After All".
I love the opening credits over a Disney like animation of a crazy train. Bert Wheeler plays Tommy Tanner and Woolsey plays Egbert G. Higginbotham, a couple of con men who breeze into town. While taking a street car ride they come upon a crying widow who tells them a sad story. Harry Waters (Jason Robards Snr.) is trying to take her drug- store away from her. She has 30 days to pay up and the boys tell him to come back in 30 days - "he should get 60 days".
Dorothy Lee plays Peggy Norton, the police chief's daughter, who is being romanced by Harry Waters.
The boys make a big effort to make the drugstore a success - by getting rid of drugs and bringing in meals, ice cream and sodas!!! They also cheer up Mother Talley by doing a routine from their vaudeville act - some of it is funny.
Jokes and one liners abound in this film:- "Some people call me a wit - they were only half right". "She would be great in the optical dept. - easy on the eyes". Peggy's father growls "Don't Pop me" to which Bert responds "No, let me do it".
They buy several gallons of lemon syrup - the "new taste sensation" - it is really bootleg liquor and the whole town gets drunk. Everything turns out right in the end but not before Tommy and Egbert are almost arrested as bootleggers and Mother Talley almost ends up in an old folks home.
Charles Middleton (Ming the Merciless from "Flash Gordon" fame) plays the town miser and is in a very funny sequence that includes mothballs.
I would heartily recommend this film.
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