Mr. Chump (1938)

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A small town boy prefers playing the trumpet to working.


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12 October 2011 | boblipton
| It's 1938!
Good thing they tell you this specifically in this Warner B comedy, because this hodge-podge small town comedy might have been made by Mack Sennett in 1923, given sound. It's all very mechanical and by-the-numbers as small-town inventor and swing trumpeter Johnny Davis wrangles with sweetheart Penny Singleton (about ten minutes before she bolted for Columbia Pictures and the Blondie series) against stuffed-shirt banker and park-band conductor Donald Briggs.

This being a Warner B, everyone talks very fast and there is something heartless about the direction by perpetual Warner B director William Clemens. A few scenes show the gloss that a big studio could afford in their Bs, like the one in the roadhouse, but this is one you can skip.

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Listen to the Mockingbird
Music by
Richard Milburn
Swing version performed by Johnnie Davis and the band in the park


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