Wealthy Alma Kruger doesn't have a clue to her butler's inquiry of how to make country bumpkin Judy Canova's goose comfortable, and my first thought was make sure you give it a foam pillow. That's the level of corniness in this delightful musical comedy about a radio station's attempts to grab her property where she runs her own radio station, asking listeners to call her up at the sound of the tone to let her know what time it is. Kruger's once again a domineering spinster, the sister of gregarious Raymond Walburn and aunt of sly Eddie Foy Jr. They are surrounded by a huge supporting cast of familiar character actors including Slim Summerville as Canova's uncle. Francis Lederer plays a broke European nobleman, out to grab the easiest buck in skirts to keep up his pretentious lifestyle. There's a very funny scene where all of Kruger's clan and radio station board members get sloshed on spiked tea, with Kruger getting delightfully giddy even as she accused the others around her of being drunk. Foy and Canova perform an elegant song and dance number that turns into farce thanks to her accidental collision with several props. It's very clear that her presence will lighten up the city slicker stuffed shirts. Another amusing sequence that obviously tickled the ribs of the kiddie audiences has Canova performing a musical number with an alleged ghost after having been spooked by various shadows and trapped on a window ledge during a thunder storm. It's all silly fun with Canova a delight. This might not appeal to audiences who have no tolerance for nostalgia or pretend to be in only interested in things artistic. They can leave me the corn, and I'll send them back the cob.
Comedy / Musical
Comedy / Musical
Harold l. Montgomery, the scatterbrain vice-president of the United Broadcasing System, is dismayed when he learns that one-foot of the ground on which the station's imposing new structure ...
May 12, 2020