Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Damon Runyon yarn features William Gargan and Ann Sothern as Brooklynites Joe and Ethel Turp. The Turps are up in arms when their faithful old mailman (Walter Brennan) is fired. Unable to get satisfaction on a municipal level, Joe and Ethel plead their mailman's case to the President himself--not Roosevelt, of course, but MGM's idea of a president, as played by Lewis "Judge Hardy" Stone. Joe Turp gilds the lily by giving the President some Brooklynese advice on how to deal with certain foreign dictators. Joe and Ethel Turp Call on The President is at its best in its flashback sequences, depicting the aged Walter Brennan as a handsome young man (with teeth!)



postman, against-the-system, bureaucracy, President, childhood-sweetheart, husband-and-wife, flashback, friendship, advice, deal [agreement], love, government