2 May 2011 | wes-connors
For Goodness Sake!
Small town real estate agent Stuart Erwin (as Henry Elkins) has been holding on to a large piece of property, which has been in his family for generations. He wants to fulfill his forefathers' dream of developing a residential "Elkins Eastern Acres", but the upscale town has expanded west. Excited to finally receive an offer on the land, Mr. Erwin refuses when he learns the burgeoning city wants to make his land their dump. When outsiders consider the land for an airport, swindlers move in on Erwin's' assets. Complicating matters, Erwin confuses his doctor's clean bill of health with a patient who only has four months to live...
This is pure situation comedy, and well-suited for Stuart Erwin.
Based on a play, "For the Sake of the Family" (1929) by Charles Webb and Daniel Brown, the low budget "PRC" studio and director Lewis D. Collins stick keep it smooth and simple. There are only a couple of attempts to stretch the ordinary - the opening sequence and a "jet propelled" car driven by young Ralph Hodges (as Danny). Both work very well. The appealing cast could have returned for movie sequel fun, with long-suffering maid Irene Ryan (later Granny on "The Beverly Hillbillies") and free-loading brother-in-law George O'Hanlon (later George Jetson on "The Jetsons") being the most obvious stand-outs.
****** Heading for Heaven (12/6/47) Lewis D. Collins ~ Stuart Erwin, Glenda Farrell, Irene Ryan, George O'Hanlon