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Average Rating:     [7.50/10]   1 votes


Most of Shemp's screen time is limited to voiceover, with his character of 'Eddie' in disguise as 'Ivan the Robot.' That's actually stand-in Ernie Stanton in the tin suit, not Shemp.

Conman Boris Kabikoff (Mischa Auer) has stolen corporate plans for a robot, but they're incomplete. Kabikoff hires stooge Eddie (Shemp Howard) to masquerade as the robot "Ivan," passing it off as his own invention in a scheme to defraud investors. Boris and Eddie hook up with patent attorney James Mitchell (William Frawley), whose ex-wife has left him broke and anxious to make a fast dollar. Mitchell falls for Boris' scheme and imagines a fortune in his future. Mitchell's secretary Sharon Knight (Una Merkel) has recently reunited with her hometown boyfriend Larry Trent (Stu Erwin), the winner of a $5,000 radio contest. Boris and Mitchell focus their respective schemes on Trent's contest money.

A talented cast, trapped in a low-rent Universal B comedy feature.

Shemp is very funny as Eddie, a dimwitted conman suffering from Blonde-a-Phobia... Kabikoff: "What's that?" Eddie: "I can't help myself, I just gotta chase after blondes." Kabikoff: "What do you do with them?" Eddie: "I don't know. Ain't caught one yet."

The majority of the film's laughs are contributed by Mantan Moreland and Hattie Noel, Mitchell's butler and maid, with their take and doubletake reactions to "Ivan."

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Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
July 01, 1941
Production Type
Feature Film
59 min.

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Shooting Days:   16 days   From: 1941-03-03   To: 1941-03-20

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  • "I can't help myself, I just gotta chase after blondes." "What do you do with them?" "I don't know. Ain't caught one yet."
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Posted 2001-05-08 15:47:00 by BeAStooge
Scewy, looney B comedy... with Shemp masquerading as a robot. Funny in spots.

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