The Golden Fleecing (1940)

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A $50,000 life-insurance sale puts mild-mannered Henry Twinkle on the fast track at Ajax Insurance Company. Now he can marry his girl and climb the corporate ladder -- just as long as the ... See full summary »


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17 July 2019 | SnoopyStyle
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| Lew Ayres' handwringing not funny
Bumbling salesman Henry Twinkle manages to sell a big $50k life policy. His girlfriend Mary Blake pushes him to get a raise so that they can get married. That's when he reads in the newspaper about his big customer Gus Fender being a criminal with a $25k bounty on his head. The insurance company is in danger of losing a big payout and Henry is sent to track down Gus. Gus must not die. Gus' girl Lila Hanley contacts him and he does a deal with Gus.

Henry Twinkle is pretty fun to start off with. The silly premise seems full of potential fun. I can see a fun buddy road comedy coming out of this where Henry finds Gus and spends the rest of the movie bumbling his way into saving Gus over and over again. The plot gets a little too complicated with the bounty and the deal with Gus, not in a good way. The sitcom writing is a little flat and Henry is too pathetic to be funny. Lew Ayres may not be the one to pull off this comedic role. He grows more and more annoying in his handwringing cluelessness. The acting is all very broad. In the end, Henry's hemming and hawing is too pathetic. He's not funny and the movie falls flat.

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