Far from Sturges's best, but intermittently hilarious. The film follows Harold Diddlebock, hero of Lloyd's classic silent THE FRESHMAN, into middle age. Harold is now a frumpy, office-bound bookkeeper with his glory days behind him. Fired from his job after two decades of toil, he goes on
a drunken spree, and, in as unlikely a series of events as you'll ever see, wakes up the owner of a moth-eaten and bankrupt circus. Eventually Lloyd winds up reprising the silent comedy scene from SAFETY LAST for which he is perhaps most famous--hanging from a tall building, this time with a huge
lion menacing him.
The idea of combining comic aces Lloyd and Sturges sounds high...