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  • "Buy Me That Town" is comedy that now seems to be sadly locked away in Twentieth Century - Fox's film vault. Hopefully , it still exists, and will be rediscovered some day. The script was based on a Damon Runyon story about a racketeer, played by the always excellent Lloyd Nolan, who buys a bankrupt small town, in order to exploit it for taxes, and make it an asylum, or a safe haven for crooks needing protection from the law. Crooks, that is, willing to pay big bucks for that privilege! The local jail turns in quite a place. Bread and water is replaced champagne and steak. As the word gets around, felons from all over descend on the town for safety, and a darn good time. Of course, there are lots of complications, and this cozy relationship of housing big time criminals turns out to have negative aspects -- to say the very least! Eventually, the cynical Nolan turns in to a nice guy, and even brings in a war plant to revive the town's economy. A wonderful cast, and excellent direction from veteran Eugene Forde make this film a delight.
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    Midnight men take over a five o'clock town in this amusing comedy featuring some great visual gags along with the Damon Runyeon style writing. Lloyd Nolan is an easy going rackateer going through a small town who meets his match in judge Richard Carle, running a racket of his own to prevent the town from being taken over by a corrupt businessman determined to turn the town into a junk heap. Nolan decides to take over out of admiration for the way Carle runs things, and finds himself falling for smart but sweet Constance Moore while his right hand flunky Warren Hymer becomes the target of man crazy funny lady Vera Vague who suffers from hearing loss that results in more confusion. A twist involving the current defense issues adds a timely feeling that adds further poignancy.

    There's plenty of funny situations amongst the tough but humorous dialog, plus a variety of amusing Runyeon style characters, including Albert Dekker, Edward Brophy, Charles Lane Nolan's rival, played with sophisticated mugness by Sheldon Leonard. It's the typical spoof of lovable tough guys with an emphasis on how the softer side comes out when they get taken in as suckers by presumed babes in the wood who are more than capable of handling things on their own. Pleasant and heart warming, while alternately street wise, this is filled with some truly fantastic character performances who will keep your funny bone very busy.
  • When Sheldon Leonard gets drafted, he shuts down his rackets. Lloyd Nolan and pal, washed-up boxer Albert Dekker go on a car trip, and get clipped by an unincorporated town for speeding. The town is on its last legs; the factory closed down and the company that holds all the mortgages is willing to sell out cheap. Nolan gets an idea and buys the town, using it as a hotel for crooks on the lam. Constance Moore, however, is willing to call in the Feds unless he spends money fixing up the place.

    It's a nice gimmick comedy, helped by the usual gang of comic supports, including Richard Carle, Barbara Jo Allen, Eddie Brophy and so forth. Directed for efficiency by Eugene Forde, it's one of several 'reforming crooks' movies that were popular in the period. It's not a great one, but Nolan is always worth watching, and if you have a taste for movies of this age, you won't be disappointed.