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Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943)
July 28, 2015, 4:02 pm
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Director: Gordon Douglas
2.5 Stars
Gildersleeve on BroadwayThe third entry in the Gildersleeve series has the misleading title of Gildersleeve on Broadway, which would make one expect that Throckmorton’s latest mishaps land him a role in a major play. While uprooting the character does seem like a well-reasoned ploy to bring new interest into the series, the New York setting is largely a wasted opportunity–Gildersleeve interacts with high society urbane folk, but much of the material simply takes place in a hotel. This time, Billie Burke lends some enjoyable comedic support as a society dame who instantly develops an infatuation with Gildersleeve, and Hobart Cavanaugh is her eccentric brother with a William Tell infatuation. Much of the humor of the picture involves bystanders mistaking a homosexual relationship between Throckmorton and Summerville’s druggist, Mr. Peavey (an expanded role for the enjoyably deadpan Richard LeGrand). There are some enjoyable reaction shots, particularly from a window washer played by Leonid Kinskey. If one thinks the homophobic humor is dated, just take a look at the first act in which Throckmorton goes to the drug store in search of sedatives to knock out his love-struck niece! Despite the impressive cast additions and a few enjoyable gags (there’s a nice bit of physical comedy with a drunk who walks along a window ledge), this is largely a dull, forgettable installment in the series.