Horton is a tobacco king who offers $25 million to any town that can quit smoking. Van Dyke is a hick-town parson takes up the challenge. His motivations are strictly selfish. Stapleton is the wife of mayor Gardenia, who begins eating furiously and gains weight as we watch. Lowry is a
little old lady out hunting commie rats with a pistol. Poston is the town cad. While the ending is a copout, there's a lot of solid laughter from the excellent cast. Lear wears too many hats in this production and drops the ball more than once as he overindulges us with jokes rather than character
humor. This was made before he became CBS's savior with "All In The Family" and several ...