Dream Stuff (1933)

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Emerson Treacy stars in this Mack Sennett-produced comedy short as Clarence, a hapless would-be lover (a "quivering mass of dormant sex appeal") who can't work up the words or the courage to propose to Betty (Joyce Compton). He makes the mistake of relying on his uncle (Walter Catlett), a fast-talking city-slicker who isn't half as smart as he thinks he is, for advice. And soon, Clarence's upper-crust rival (Franklyn Pangborn) seems to have the inside track for Betty's affections. Catlett steals most of the movie with his mix of zany schtick and fast-talk connivances, including a machine-gun like delivery at times. The slapstick bits are predictable but Catlett's inspired comedic outbursts pick up any slack in the action, which even finds room for a comedic dream sequence that's positively surreal in Catlett's scenes.