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A group of mountaineering moonshiners are running an illegal still, well hidden from revenuers who are chased away by buckshot. Stanley is summoned to discover the still of the McCabe Family by becoming the suitor of their 18-year-old daughter Jenny May (Debbie Watson, "Tammy") and finding the information from her. In order to court her, he must first fight her three brothers. He dispatches them all after secretly taking his Power Pill, to Maw's (Florence Lake) approval. The family toasts Jenny May's new suitor, and a sip of their moonshine knocks Stanley out. They find his business card and take him to the service station where Jenny May falls for Hal instead. The brothers throw their support for Hal, as long as they don't have to fight again, and a wedding is planned for the following day. A panicked Hal is caught trying to escape from his apartment window. Mr. Reed and Mr. Trent attend the wedding and try to devise a plan to uncover the still.
This isn't saying much, but this is probably the best episode in the series to this point. The plot is a bit crisper and there are some decent laughs, along with a nice change of pace in the country.
A sharp assassin
Convicted killer Herman von Brock (Henry Brandon, "The Searchers") has escaped from the state penitentiary. He insisted his wife was killed accidentally during their circus knife throwing act. However, it was the only time he had missed in 24 years, and he had another woman it was discovered. Mr. Trent was the one who sent him to prison when serving as the assistant district attorney. He vowed then to break out one day and kill Mr. Trent, and phones him that he is in Washington to do just that. Mr. Reed assigns Stanley as Mr. Terrific to stand guard over Mr. Trent at his home until von Brock is captured. Bored while hiding out, Mr. Reed and Mr. Trent begin working as attendants at Hal and Stanley's gas station. When von Brock shows up he sets up a familiar scene.
Mr. Terrific: Fly, Ballerina, Fly (1967)
The world's prima ballerina, Dashinova (Cynthia Lynn, "Helga" on "Hogan's Heroes"), is defecting to the United States following her performance at the opera house. Her handlers smuggle her onto a ship, however, prompting Mr. Reed to summon Stanley's Mr. Terrific. He boards the ship at sea to knock out a man to assume his identity and leotard. He mistakes Dashinova for her understudy Tanya (Barrie Chase) and flies her back. When the mistake is discovered, he flies back to the ship, but the mission is in danger when he loses his Power Pill.
Mr. Reed assigns Stanley to assume the identity of famous escape artist "Slippery Sloan" and gain the confidence of bank robber Blackjack Clayton (Richard X. Slattery). Once becoming his cellmate, he is to help Blackjack escape and be led to the missing $2,000,000 from Blackjack's last job. The plan begins to work, offering "Slippery" $100,000 to help him escape. Meanwhile, Hal hasn't seen Stanley in 12 hours and goes to the police and newspapers. Blackjack leads Stanley to a remote cabin where his girl Margo (Joyce Van Patten, "Grown Ups") and associates Dawson (Chuck Roberson) and Rogers (Cane Hoy) are, as well as the hidden money. A poker game is held where Stanley is made to put up and lose his ring that contained the Power Pills. In the five years he's been imprisoned a number of other pine trees have popped up like the one he buried the money under. A trailing Mr. Reed and Mr. Trent are captured by Blackjack. In picking up their groceries and the newspaper, Stanley finds his picture in the paper- placed by Hal. He tries to keep it from Blackjack, hopeful he can find a way to regain the ring and his power.
Mr. Terrific: Stanley the Fighter (1967)
Stanley steps in the ring
The Treasury Department suspects a counterfeiting ring is centered at Keep Fit Gym. It is owned by prizefight manager Archie Thompson (gruff character actor Leo Gordon). Needing proof, the Bureau of Secret Projects assigns Stanley to sign up at the gym and find evidence. Hal hires a new gas station attendant to bring in more business- a woman named "George" (Bonnie Hughes). Hal goes with Stanley to the gym where he gets beat up by Tiger Martin (Charles Dierkop) after talking to his girl (Joyce Jameson). Stanley takes a Power Pill and quickly knocks out Tiger, catching the eye of Archie Thompson who forces Stanley to fight for him. Stanley steps in the ring against Killer Kane (stuntman Ronnie Rondell Jr.). As the bell rings to start the fight, Stanley loses his Power Pill and tries to stay away from Killer Kane.
The plot languishes with a struggle to keep interest, in my opinion.
Safecracker Fingers McClaine (also played by Stephen Strimpell) bears a striking resemblance to Stanley. The Bureau of Secret Projects begin "Operation Fingers"- holding Fingers and replacing him with Stanley to break up a gang of bank robbers. Hal gives Stanley a bottle of "Dr. Zook's Strength and Body Building Tonic" to try. Mr. Reed and Mr. Trent explain the assignment to Stanley. Finger's girlfriend Dolly (Barbara Stuart) will pick him up as he is released from jail thinking he is Fingers. She had made arrangements for him to join a gang for a big bank robbery. Stanley fumbles around before winning them over, but soon the real Fingers escapes. Fingers gets gas at Hal and Stanley's where Hal naturally mistakes him for Stanley. Fingers decides to stay there while finding out why he was being held. Hal attributes his change in attitude to the tonic and pours the rest out. Stanley informs Mr. Reed of the details of the bank robbery. Fingers discovers it too, however, and shows up to complicate matters.
The power of the Power Pill
Russian safecrackers Claude (Lee Bergere), Max (Richard Dawson, "Hogan's Heroes", "Family Feud"), and Nina (Joan Huntington) have stolen the formula for the Power Pill. Mr. Trent assures Mr. Reed that it will only be effective if they find out Stanley is Mr. Terrific and gain control over him. They notify Stanley to be on alert. Claude's plan is to find Mr. Terrific and persuade him for join them or brainwash him and sell his services to the highest bidder. Max tracks down Mr. Reed to Stanley and Hal's gas station. Nina further investigates to learn Hal or Stanley is Mr. Terrific. She hypnotizes Hal and takes him to Claude and Max, where they find they have the wrong one. When Stanley learns of what happened he allows Nina to take him. Their mixture of the Power Pill is light, leaving Stanley ineffective shortly after taking it, and held captive.
Suspicion on Stanley
The Bureau of Secret Projects have been informed that an attempt will be made to steal the princess' (Marjorie Eaton) $2MM Hope Diamond at the Belgravian Embassy party. Mr. Reed and Mr. Trent have Stanley go to the party as a waiter for protection. Peculiar incidents make Hal begin suspecting Stanley is a jewel thief. He overhears conversations that support his theory and goes in disguise to the party to save Stanley from a criminal fate. The thief strikes, leaving Stanley with a decision of whether to risk his cover as Mr. Terrific.
Mr. Terrific: I Can't Fly (1967)
A mechanical issue is preventing the landing gear to work properly on Air Force One. Mr. Terrific is summoned to remedy the wheel. After taking his Power Pill, Stanley finds he is unable to fly or use his super strength. Mr. Reed and Mr. Trent hurriedly leave to find a solution. Hal finds Stanley flapping his arms trying to fly and declare he has to save the president. Hal thinks Stanley is having a nervous breakdown and takes him home to rest. Stanley leaves out the window and his behavior draws the suspicion of the police who take him to the station for questioning by a physiatrist (David Opatoshu). Meanwhile, Mr. Reed and Mr. Trent work with their lab scientist (character actor Ned Glass) to find a cure and rush to the psychiatric ward to try and free Stanley. He may still be grounded, however.
The Bureau of Secret Projects has been tasked with identifying and arresting a powerful criminal known as "Mr. Big", breaking up his syndicate. Department head Mr. Reed brings in weakling gas attendant Stanley Beamish, the only test subject who can successfully turn into Mr. Terrific. The superhero discovers Mr. Big is a woman (Kathie Browne) but exclaims aloud and is forced to flee, leaving behind a coupon for his gas station. Two of Mr. Big's men force Stanley, Hal, Mr. Reed, and Mr. Trent to her mansion. Mr. Big reveals she was widowed by the actual Mr. Big who left the syndicate to her upon his death. She says she wants to escape, but first must find who is Mr. Terrific. Hal is too preoccupied with her beauty to fall for the trap. Stanley must find a way to become Mr. Terrific and rescue the situation.
Like the opener, a silly, shaky plot, but there's some comedic moments.
Mr. Terrific: Matchless (1967)
For want of a power paralyzer
Mild-mannered, weak Washington D.C. gas station attendant Stanley Beamish (Stephen Strimpell) is the only successful test subject for the government's newly-developed Power Pill. It gives the powers of flight and super strength for one hour. Two booster pills are good for 10 minutes each, the maximum dosage. With silver cape, scarf and googles, Beamish secretly becomes crime fighting "Mr. Terrific". His oft-frustrated employers at the Bureau of Secret Projects, head Barton J. Reed (character actor John McGiver) and Harley Trent (Paul Smith, "The Doris Day Show", "The Gertrude Berg Show") give vital assignments as situations arise. Complications ensue when his powers vanish at the most inopportune times. Joining in on the action is his fellow gas station co-owner Hal Walters (Dick Gautier, "Get Smart"). The silly sitcom ran for 17 episodes in 1967 as a bit of a "Get Smart" meets "Batman".
The series opens with Mr. Reed and Mr. Trent of the Bureau of Secret Projects arriving at the gas station with a big assignment for Stanley. A foreign scientist, Petrov (Iggie Wolfington), is traveling aboard the Washington Express to sell them a power paralyzer that can immobilize any machine, but has been spotted by his own people. Stanley is tasked to board the train and make the pickup and return to Mr. Reed's office. He has been given $30,000 to give the scientist and will be recognized by wearing a gold yacht club pin. On the train, Petrov is under the watchful eye of Shenko (character actor Harold J. Stone) and Mala Valenska (Luciana Paluzzi, "Thunderball"). Stanley is approached by a salesman named Manny (character actor Richard Erdman) about a doll and mistakes it for his contact, giving him $30,000 for it. The Bureau of Secret Projects tries to figure out the doll. Mala discovers Petrov unknowingly slipped Stanley the power paralyzer in a pack of matches, also unknown to Stanley, and goes to his apartment to get it. He gives the matches to Hal who has now gone away with Mala. When Stanley learns of the situation, he goes to save Hal. Problem comically arise when the power of his booster pills wear off.
It is quick to see this series is geared toward children. The plot is simplistically weak and the humor silly, but still comical at times.
The Abbott and Costello Show (1952)
Abbott and Costello mini movies
"The Abbott and Costello Show" was the legendary comedy duo's foray into television in a format they could better control. Shows featured their signature brand of burlesque and slapstick humor. The pair played out-of-work friends always needing rent money while sharing a room in Mr. Fields' rooming house and getting into a variety of comedic situations. The loose plots prioritized any bit of comedy without regard to a story, and was the inspiration for Jerry Seinfeld's iconic "Seinfeld". A number of respected sources have placed it among the 100 greatest TV shows of all time.
The show was owned by Lou Costello with Bud Abbott working on salary. Joining the cast is their landlord Sid Fields (himself), Mike "The Cop" Kelly (Gordon Jones), neighbor/Lou's love interest Hillary Brooke (herself), overgrown child Stinky Davis (played by the 45-year-old Joe Besser, "The Three Stooges", "The Joey Bishop Show"), and Italian immigrant Mr. Bacciagalupe (Joe Kirk). Bobby Barber and Milt Bronson also often appeared in a variety of roles. Each episode was directed and produced by Jean Yarbrough. The series ran for 52 episodes from 1952-54, and the complete series is available today on DVD.
Reflecting upon the series, "The Abbott and Costello Show" was unlike anything yet seen on television with a constant stream of burlesque routines in a surrealist, segmented plot long before "The Monkees". Many episodes are mini movies, packing the best parts from their films into around 26 minutes. Gone are the musical numbers and romance, and depth of plot, but the comedy is there in a fraction of the viewing time. The episodes prioritize laughs over plot flow. As the first season progressed it seems the loose plots tightened up a little bit, however. "Hungry" and "Music Lovers" are two personal favorites. Season two opens with a number of changes. There's a new opening and gone are the short on-stage skits. It aids an effort to tighten up the plot, but reshapes what made the show so unique. Many of them, crafted by Clyde Bruckman, are reworked from Three Stooges material, as well as Buster Keaton. While not as strong as a whole as the first season, it is still very good. Overall, the series is an absolute treasure of two of comedy's greatest geniuses.
In our final installment of the series, we find Lou tasked with bringing Mrs. Bronson (Renie Riano) back to the rooming house. She is preparing for a big benefit show. Driving erratically, Lou is pulled over by a motorcycle cop (Joe Devlin) who struggles to have his questions answered for a ticket. Mr. Fields talks Bud into fixing up the stage for Mrs. Bronson. Lou wants to audition for a part in the show. He begins singing "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair" oblivious to Bud instructing the stage crew to raise the backdrop "higher" and other directions, to comical confusion. A tired Bud asks Lou to give him a rubdown with instructions from Fatless Frankie's "Body Beautiful Hour" radio program that's on air. Fatless Frankie suggests using witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Lou asks Bud, who says, "use either." Lou mistakenly hears "use ether" and grabs that bottle from the shelf and applies. Bud is quickly out like a light and Lou walks out of the room to get skin lotion for the next step. Unknown to him, the program enters a commercial by "Squeak and Rattle Body Fender Company" on "how to paint your car at home". Lou walks back in for the first step of getting rough sandpaper and checking the body for rough spots, scratches, etc. to sand off. Lou hilariously keeps following instructions for hammering out bulges, painting the body, greasing the joints, etc.
The final season two episode returns to season one's laughs over plot format. It's probably the funniest of the season as a result.
Mr. Fields insists upon his rent money and makes Bud and Lou go door-to-door selling "No peddlers allowed" signs to make money. They run into nothing but trouble. Mr. Fields next has them try to help tough guy tenants Steve (Frank Marlowe) and Tom (Joe Haworth) attracted to two sisters, June Thomas (Noreen Nash) and Marie Thomas (Gloria Saunders). The girls' eccentric, bird-loving, gun collecting father Henry Thomas (Walter Catlett) hates Steve and Tom. Mr. Fields says the men will give them $100 if they'll go to the house and decoy the girls to come out so they can go on a date with them. Henry builds a new TV antenna in the shape of a birdcage to replace the current one on the roof. Bud and Lou arrive to gain the old man's favor with their strained bird knowledge and offer to place the antenna on the roof for him. Steve and Tom begin thinking they've been double-crossed.
Bud is writing letters to their friends asking for rent money. Mr. Fields demands rent by 5:00. Bud and Lou go to the Friendly Finance Company to get Lou "a loan" in the office. Lou understands this to be "alone" in a brief skit. Despite difficult questions and a thug named Larry (Dick Wessel) carrying out physical payment assurance, Lou borrows $100. He meets fellow pool hall buddy Joe Kelly (James Flavin) who has come into money owning the Nevada Gold Mining Company, Inc. Lou uses the $100 to buy stock in the gold mine. Mr. Fields is familiar with the company and says it was a scam, but allows them extra time to come up with the rent. Mr. Fields is on the committee of the Fraternal Order of Mud Turtles. They're holding a convention in town and asks Bud and Lou to impartially judge their bathing beauty contest. Larry's girl Mabel Murphy (Sandra Spence) is entering the contest and when he sees his borrowers are judges, he feels he can secure their votes. When the letters are answered without money, Bud notifies Mr. Fields, who informs that his niece, homely Columbine (Jan Kayne) will be in the contest and arranges for their vote. Arriving at the contest, Larry notifies Bud that he's giving them $100 to pick Mabel. Mr. Fields also instructs them to pick his niece or else. Complicating matters is that Lou has fallen for Contestant #5. Pressure mounts for Bud and Lou, who receive unexpected news.
Losing his job, Lou is taken by Bud to answer a newspaper ad to assist in an experiment by Dr. Bluzak (Byron Foulger). The doctor says 97 percent of all accidents happen to three percent of the human race- those referred to as accident prone. His theory is that it is the product of a subconscious fear and offers Lou $100 plus expenses for electrified therapy, after which no harm will come to him for 24 hours. As Lou avoids accidents and being punched, he begins to believe he is indeed invincible. Lou runs into a gunfight between a bank robber (Benny Burt) and police to subdue the criminal. At the apartment house, Lou has a run-in with a continual foe, Prof. Roberto (Fortunio Bonanova). He is always boasting of his fencing prowess and Bud encourages Lou to challenge him to a duel while no harm can come of him. The tone changes when they discover Dr. Bluzak has been locked up in a lunatic asylum and accidents return. Lou must face the duel, however.
A house for Lou and his lady
Lou has fallen for Sally Davis (Karen Sharpe) and can't get her off his mind. Bud coaches him on how to propose to her. Lou sells his car to have delivered a prefabricated house to a lot he's purchased. Sally agrees to marry him if the home is as nice as he says it is. Mr. (George Chandler) and Mrs. Davis (Renie Riano) give their consent on the same terms. Everyone gathers at the parents' apartment and try to cure Mrs. Davis of her hiccups. Corky Kane (Danny Morton) also has eyes for Sally and overhears Lou's plan. He and his buddy Steve Becker (Tommy Farrell) go to the lot after the home has been delivered in crates and changes the numbers for assembly. It is assembled wildly. Bud, Lou, and Mr. Fields begin discovering problems with the home. Sally and her parents arrive for an inspection where Lou tries to smooth over issues with the house.
The plot is a bit of a scrambled stretch, but there are some nice laughs here. The episode is inspired by Buster Keaton's classic short film One Week (1920). It was written by major Keaton collaborator Clyde Bruckman.
Ruby's Rub-out Ruse
Lou struggles to prepare breakfast for Bud. He tries to swipe milk from a neighbor but is caught by gangster Steve Terry (Ted Hecht) who is proposing to Ruby Norton (Gloria Henry, mother Alice Mitchell on "Dennis the Menace"). Hiding in the apartment is Ruby's other lover Bob Lee (Ray Montgomery). Bob schemes to plant another man for Steve to angrily dispatch of and end up in jail, freeing the two of them. Ruby feels Lou "would be the perfect pigeon" and begins to work on him. Lou feels she loves him and is overjoyed as they go off on a picnic. While Lou steps away a tramp (Hank Patterson, Fred Ziffel, "Green Acres") steals Ruby's purse and she makes Lou go after him. Steve finds a planted picture of Lou and Ruby in the paper and sets out to get him.
An oily romance
Mike the Cop is in a jolly mood as he proposes to his girlfriend Stella (Connie Cezon). She is uneasy about the proposal and tells him that she will let him know that night. Mr. Fields shows the apartment house to a prospective buyer, Mr. Scudder (William Fawcett) who has a strict rent payment policy. Mr. Fields explains that he needs to sell it, being sued for $100,000 for breach of promise engagement by a Mrs. Eloise Lumpkins (Grace Hayle) who thought he had a lot of money. If they can get him out of the mess, he offers free rent for life to Bud and Lou. Seeing that she is a gold digger, Bud schemes to introduce her to someone with even more money who will propose to her. Lou is talked into playing a wealthy Texas oil baron. Mr. Fields describes the woman and her daily routine of walking her dog for Bud and Lou to cross paths with. Stella is Mrs. Lumpkins assistant and takes the dog for a walk instead. Lou bungles trying to look tough in front of a mistakenly Stella to gain her affection. On a second attempt he talks up being super rich and ends up falling for her himself. Later at a restaurant she accepts Lou's proposal. She returns Mike's ring and he vows to get the other man. Bud has Mr. Fields write a letter of formal proposal that she can deny. Mr. Fields shows Bud a picture of the woman, and he realizes they hooked the wrong woman. Attempts to clear things up gets even messier.
The Bank Robbers
The boys once again are desperate to come up with their rent money. Bud finds in the paper a chronically last-place 50-1 racehorse, Charlie Horse. He talks Mike the Cop into betting $2 with him, knowing it would never win, and Bud and Lou have lunch with it. Holding a "For Rent" sign on the sidewalk, two men, Lefty Lucas (Douglas Fowley) and his brother Joe (Paul Bryar), approach Bud and Lou and offer a job at $25 a day. They agree and learn they'll be bodyguards for them as they transport money from bank to bank. The police are alerted to be on watch for the brothers, who are vicious bank robbers. Lefty instructs a clueless Bud and Lou to stand guard at the door of the Fifth National Bank. Lefty takes the money and rushes out to take off with Joe, leaving Bud and Lou still on guard at the door who casually return to their apartment. Meanwhile, Lefty and Joe take a room in the apartment house to lay low for a while. There they listen to the race that Charlie Horse incredibly wins. Bud has Lou to return to the bank to try and borrow $200. The bank manager (Emmett Vogan) remembers Lou and simply gives him the money, thinking it is another holdup. They pay their rent and store Mike's $100 in Mr. Fields' safe. He explains to them about the bank holdups and they slowly realize they were part of both. They realize they'll need to break into Mr. Fields' safe to get the money back, but they're not the only ones after the safe.
Bud and Lou try to guess people's weight on the sidewalk. Waiting, Lou pokes his head into the bars of the jail as a criminal is getting his mugshot. Comically, he bends down as the photographer snaps Lou's picture instead. Fresh off a $60,000 safecracking job, gangsters Chopper (Joe Sawyer), Moose Miller (Robert Bice), Olga (Claire Carleton), and Fifi (Veda Ann Borg) take a room in the boarding house to lay low. Chopper is dangerously jealous of any attention toward his wife, Fifi. Bud spots Lou's picture in the paper as wanted con man "Dapper Dan Davis". He tells Lou to not leave the apartment as he goes to the police station to straighten things out. Fifi becomes ill at a restaurant and leaves alone for the apartment, but enters Lou's by mistake and passes out. Lou frantically gets her out of the apartment, but is caught by Chopper taking her home and kissing. Olga shows the paper showing he is Dapper Dan to Chopper, who admires the great con man. Lou passes Bud off as his accomplice Slick Watson. Chopper has them join them on a big $200,000 safecracking job at Union Warehouse. He has them follow his mob rule of not leaving each other's sight until the job is over. Lou manages to phone Mike the Cop about the set up. Things go haywire at the warehouse.
Yet again, this is another episode with a strong resemblance to an earlier Three Stooges short. This time it is "Fright Night", with the same lead gangster character name and his girl played by the same actress, and a similar warehouse scene. Both were written by Clyde Bruckman.
The Million Dollar Mistake
Unable to find a job to pay their rent, Mr. Fields has Bud and Lou pass out handbills advertising his apartment house. Lou leaves them on a curb and Mr. Fields finds them in the trashcan. Lou brings out his tiny printing press to make more handbills. He and Bud pool their money to buy paper. Lou finds a check for 13 cents in his pocket from the IRS for a tax refund is actually $1,000,000.13. Bud and Lou go to the IRS office about the mistake. The clerk insists they don't make mistakes and privately isn't concerned about a million dollar mistake. Lou takes the check to the bank where Mr. Smith (Thurston Hall) insists on identification, comically requiring Lou to strip down to his underwear to show his laundry marks. The bank gives Lou the million dollars in 100 dollar bills. He falls under the eye of gangsters Spike (Benny Burt) and Lefty (Al Hill) who follow them home. Bud plots to carry a fake suitcase for the gangsters to take instead of the real one. Mike the Cop notifies Mr. Fields that he saw Bud and Lou leaving with a suitcase, owning six months back rent. They enter the apartment to uncover the real suitcase full of money beside Lou's printing press, concluding it is all counterfeit. Lou returns to the apartment to get his lucky rabbit foot, and picks up the real suitcase by mistake. The gangsters see through their plot, leading to a comical series of mishaps.
Lou has been reading a book entitled "How to Be a Private Eye" through the Watchdog Correspondence School. He receives a framed diploma, badge, handcuffs, gun, etc. in the mail. He chains himself to Bud with handcuffs that he loses the key to. It goes through a hole in the wall and Lou drops a match down it that starts a fire. They struggle to work in tandem to put it out. At the boarding house, Lou comes across an upset neighbor, Dot (Lyn Thomas). Her grandfather, an eccentric inventor, died a few months ago and left her $50,000 in bonds, hidden somewhere in his spooky mansion. She is afraid to move in, owing some of the creepy happenings to her cousin Bill Mason (Keith Richards) who felt cheated at the reading of the will and vowed, "no one would rob him of what's rightfully his." Lou agrees to use his private eye services to go into the house and take care of Bill. Bud joins Lou, but they split up and Bill's henchmen try to scare off Lou- all unseen by Bud. The fear may be too strong to continue searching for the bonds.
Definitely an Abbott and Costello version of The Three Stooges' "Spooks", released a year earlier. Both were released in theaters in 3D.
Lou's rich uncle
Mr. Fields catches Lou swiping his bottle of milk and evicts he and Bud. Bud talks a friend, Joe (Tom Keene), into phoning Mr. Fields as an attorney commissioned by Lou's wealthy uncle Rupert in New Jersey as his sole heir to his seven million dollars. The call quickly changes Mr. Fields opinion of Lou and he lets him back into his apartment, killing with kindness. He gives Bud and Lou $300 to hold them over. Mike the Cop talks Mr. Fields into thinking he was fooled, and an angry Mr. Fields confronts the boys. Bud comically takes a creditor's call and pretends that Lou's uncle is announcing an upcoming visit. Mr. Fields changes his tone again- giving back the loaned money. Lou questions whether he can impersonate his uncle, who has been dead for over 15 years. The charade goes smoothly until Mike suspects Lou is trying to kill his uncle for his money. Circumstantial evidence seems to support the theory in Mr. Fields' eyes too. Mike and Mr. Fields eavesdrop to comically misinterpret that he's killed Uncle Rupert. Bud and Lou go on the run as they try to find a way to clear themselves.
A Wife for Lou
Bud, Lou and Mr. Fields play a shifty game of poker. Lou receives a letter from his grandfather Sourdough Costello in Alaska notifying he is coming to visit. Lou had been writing that he had a wife, and his grandfather said he will give him $10,000 if he does. Bud and Lou begin a search to find someone to play his wife. Lou falls for neighbor Agnes (June Vincent) but she has a jealous boyfriend- Bone Bender Brodsky (Frank Jara) who appears to be out of the picture now. Lou follows a word-for-word playbook to propose to Agnes from a newspaper's advice column. Things surprisingly turn in Lou's favor, momentarily.
The plot concept has been used before, but it closely resembles The Three Stooges' short "Brideless Groom". The productions share the same writer- Clyde Bruckman.