Addie Fippany, her father Jean Paul Batiste Fippany, her mother Josephine and her sister Cecile roam the country-side in a mule-drawn wagon, trading trinkets to farmers for chickens which ... See full summary »
A silly plot and annoying characters sink this one fast. The chicken wagon family are a bunch of peddlers who travel from town to town. After the annoying father (Leo Carrillo) steals the family money and loses it in a poker game, the family makes the logical decision of moving to New York City.
Once in the city with the mauls and wagon, they immediately run across the mother's old boyfriend and a friendly cop who set them up in an abandoned fire station. While the daughter (Jane Withers) runs around grinning and fixing up the messes of other people, the father and the old boyfriend (Hobart Cavanaugh) fuss and argue.
Everything comes to a head when they try to auction the fire station and Jane and company buy a consignment of bathtubs. The plot is stupid beyond belief.
Withers tries hard but the material stinks and she's at that awkward age. Carrillo is just plain annoying. Spring Byington is stuck playing the mother, Marjorie Weaver the older sister, and Kane Richmond the cop. Inez Palange as Mrs. Buzzi the coffee shop owner comes off best.