22 January 2020 | MartinHafer
Shouldn't a comedy be funny?
When the story begins, Mr. Ruff (James Gleason) is trying to teach Ham-Hand (Harry Gribbon) how to box...though Ham-Hand seems pretty hopeless. Soon an old pal arrives. This pal, inexplicably, says he's miserable now that he's rich....and it's all because his wife is trying too hard to fit in with high society. So, he invites the pair to come to his house for a society party and naturally problems ensue. Once folks realize the pair are NOT high class but boxers, they surprisingly do NOT throw them out but stage a boxing match with the butler. Ham-Hand is awful and the only reason the fight is close at all is because Ruff is a cheater.
The main problem with this comedy short is that it's so short on comedy. There are very few laughs though it's not terrible...just not all that funny, though the actors give it their best.