A small-town veterinarian inherits $2 million from his uncle, whom he hasn't seen for years. He decides to use some of his new-found wealth to fund a clean-up crusade against the gangster ... See full summary »
The Big Shot finds Guy Kibbee as a small town veterinarian who inherits two million dollars from his uncle who unbeknownst to him was very heavy in the rackets in the big city he lived in. So he and wife Cora Witherspoon and their daughter Dorothy Moore go off to live in the uncle's mansion.
The demise of the uncle has left the mob consigliere Russell Hicks in charge of the far flung rackets. But he'd like to get power of attorney. But Kibbee is as reluctant as Gary Cooper was to give it to Douglass Dumbrille in Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. In fact Mr. Deeds seems to have inspired the minds at RKO who created this film.
All the comedy therein lies in the fact that no one, least of all Kibbee has a clear picture of what's going on. Kibbee in fact starts a citizen's league to clean up the town of rackets, but he doesn't tell Hicks.
Cora Witherspoon seems to have been the inspiration for Josephine Hull's character in Harvey. Her only concern is to break into society and get a suitable mate for Moore so she'll forget Gordon Jones who was her sweetheart back in the old home town.
I really did enjoy this B picture comedy from RKO. Though parts of it were taken from other sources, it was really original in thought and concept.
But think; just a little candor all around and this film would not exist.