It’s In the Bag! (1945)

“Last year’s diamonds? Oh no, we don’t bother with them. You see, we just throw them out. They get so shabby, you know.”

Synopsis:
Flea-circus owner Fred Froogle (Fred Allen) receives a surprise inheritance, only to find out that the money is hidden in one of five chairs he has just sold. He must locate the cash-filled chair before a group of murderous thieves beat him to it.

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Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “rare Fred Allen film” contains some “great scenes” (see below) but is inconsistently funny. Those who aren’t already fans of Allen’s dry wit probably won’t get much enjoyment out of the film’s humor, unless you consider rejoinders like this one amusing:

  • Fred Floogle: “Doctor, have you considered using fly paper?”
  • Dr. Greengrass: “Fly paper? Since when can a fly read?”

Was this funny once, I wonder?

Redeeming Qualities:

  • The amusing opening credits sequence, where Allen laments the need for this “time-waster” while allowing them to scroll anyway
  • The clever mouse trap developed by Robert Benchley’s son
  • The surprising presence of a hat check girl in Benny’s closet

Must See?
No, but film fanatics may be curious to check it out simply as Fred Allen’s only starring role in a motion picture.

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