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The concept behind this story is interesting - a fortune in jewels has been left as an inheritance, but they've been hidden in one of six possible chairs, which sets off a scramble to locate them. The film is not without charm and has its moments, but is pretty lacking in its comedy and musical performances. There's not much star power here, despite George Formby's likeability, and as cute and cuddly as little Binkie Stuart is (she was Britain's version of Shirley Temple). On the positive side, it was reasonably entertaining, didn't lag, and hey, there was a goat who played a pretty important role. My favorite scene was when a nurse tries to help Formby take off his clothes for a doctor's examination as he tries to flee, resulting in a pretty hilarious positon.
The film being mediocre is unfortunate because the original inspiration, the madcap Russian novel "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilf & Petrov from eight years earlier, is so fantastic. The novel is dominated by the character Ostap Bender, who finds out about the inheritance and quickly latches on to the inheritor, smoothly manipulating him and everyone who comes in their path. The chase is much wider, there are satirical comments about the emerging Soviet state, and the adventures the two have are much zanier. Unfortunately while there is a character standing in for Bender here, he's not the focus, and nearly all of the novel is lost, replaced by simple pratfalls, a befriended woman and her daughter on the run from child welfare, and songs which are a little hard on the ears. I didn't go into the film thinking I would be seeing the novel literally adapted, but it was hard not to think of as dated gags and hokum rolled by.
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