“Do you understand? This is serious business!”
When a U.S. mint worker (Jim Hutton) accidentally destroys $50,000 in new bills, he enlists the help of his buddy (Walter Brennan), his co-worker (Dorothy Provine), and others to reprint the cash.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Ensemble Cast
- Thieves and Criminals
- Walter Brennan Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Be prepared to suspend all disbelief while watching this outrageous and “hilarious” slapstick comedy, which Peary claims in his very brief review is “deservedly a cult hit”. If you get too caught up in logistics, you’ll drive yourself crazy; instead, relax and enjoy the spectacularly inept maneuverings of these greedy thieves, who can’t resist the temptation to print “just one more sheet”. Jim Hutton is rather bland in the lead role:
but he’s surrounded by a wealth of comedic geniuses, including Milton Berle:
… Jack Gilford:
… and Walter Brennan:
Bob Denver (“Gilligan”) has a small role as well, playing a meek ice cream truck driver whose task is to distract a beautiful yet nosy onlooker during the heist.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Walter Brennan as “Pop”
- A hilarious “crossing hallways” slapstick sequence
- A fascinating look at how machines in the Mint used to operate
No, but it’s an enjoyable slapstick comedy.