A patchwork Red Skelton vehicle adapted from the Buster Keaton silent comedy SPITE MARRIAGE (1929) and directed by Vincente Minnelli after the original helmsman was fired. Directing only his second film, Minnelli struggled mightily to pull something of value from the mess he had inherited,
but the result is a film in which the star runs roughshod over the material in a vain attempt to compensate for the inherent inadequacies of the production. Skelton plays a hapless tailor's assistant who becomes deeply infatuated with a young actress, Powell, who is appearing nearby in a play
about the Civil War. To impress Powell, Skelton "borrows" some of his customer's fancy c...