This Depression-era escapist entertainment stars Baxter as a Broadway producer who is the newly appointed "Secretary of Entertainment." The simple premise succeeds by allowing an entourage of musical entertainment, including Shirley Temple before she became the biggest money-maker in
Hollywood, Aunt Jemima (Tess Gardella), and a penguin, posing as Jimmy Durante, that serves to baffle Stepin Fetchit. Humorist Will Rogers is generally credited with the basic idea for this hodgepodge of movie, theater, and vaudeville stars and second bananas. Its aim was to give America a boost
out of the Depression and into a state of happiness where a winsome tot like the four-year-...