A bomb at the box office despite the presence of Keaton, this movie nevertheless warrants attention, for some of the funniest scenes of the year appear here. The picture has several lapses of taste, is downright dumb in spots, and goes beyond satire into burlesque and parody--as it spoofs
the Warner Bros. crime movies of the 1930s and 1940s. Thames is a good-hearted boy forced into a life of crime to help pay for the medical bills of his mother (Stapleton). Thames keeps his criminal activities a secret from his kid brother, Dunne, paying for the boy's legal education, until the
younger brother grows up and goes to work for the corrupt district attorney (DeVito). Si...