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"Fifty Roads to Town" is an excellent movie and much of it has to do with the writing and very original story.
Peter (Don Ameche) is on the run. No, he's done nothing wrong but he is avoiding process servers because he has no desire to be brought into the middle of a divorce case, as the husband and wife are his friends. So, he's hiding out in the middle of no where in the mountains during the off season. To the deserted motel arrives Millicent (Ann Sothern) and Peter assumes, incorrectly, that she is trying to serve him with a summons to court. At the same time, she comes to believe that he's a gangster!! Can it get crazier...yup. Soon a real gangster arrives in the area...a desperate character who has escaped from prison! How can these three all work together to make a nice rom-com? See the film.
Ameche and Sothern are wonderful here. The writing is spot on as well. The only negative is having Stepin Fetchit in the movie. He is only a bit player but seeing and hearing his awful racial routine is enough to give many an apoplexy. My advice...try to look past this awful product of the times and appreciate the other 95% of the film...it's worth your time.
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