Meet the Chump (1941)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Slapstick  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Meet the Chump is an hour's worth of nonsense ideally suited to the talents of Hugh "Woo Woo" Herbert. The star plays Hugh Mansfield, the bumbling trustee of the estate of his nephew John Mansfield (Lewis Howard), who will come into a fortune when he reaches his 25th birthday. As John's natal day approaches, Hugh begins to panic, as well he should: thanks to his ineptitude, he's managed to fritter away $10 million. Hoping to cover up his financial foolishness, Hugh feigns insanity (it's not much of a stretch) and allows himself to be thrown into the booby hatch. The plot is resolved by the timely arrival of gangsters in the last reel, among them the notorious Stinky Fink (Shemp Howard, who seems right at home in this elongated 2-reel comedy).

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asylum [mental hospital], birthday, estate, finances, gangster, nephew, trustee, uncle