9 August 2019 | boblipton
The Six-Dollar Story
Broke writer Neil Hamilton cuts a deal with his publisher, Henry Kolker: he'll go on a walking vacation with the six dollars in his pocket, and write a good novel while he's doing so. One dark and stormy night, he takes refuge in an empty lodge.... with a fire in the fireplace..... and Irene Hervey and her two little sisters, who are running away from their obnoxious grandfather, Henry Kolker. By the end of the evening, they've been joined by constable Gabby Hayes, lodge owner Lloyd Hughes, and some crooks who are looking for loot that has been hidden in the lodge. After that, things get complicated.
Although matters slow down a trifle in the third act due to overly cute moppets, director Arthur Lubin directs this mildly crazy comedy co-written by Dorothy Davenport at a good clip, with cross-dressing mobsters, wacky business ideas and the general sort of romance that everyone knows has been coming, but doesn't show up until the last five minutes. It's not a great movie, but its competent buffoonery will keep you smiling through its length.