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This was only the third film in the "Great Gildersleeve" series, but already RKO was shaking up the format by sending the lovable small-town blowhard to New York City for a series of amorous misunderstandings. Just after proposing to long-time girlfriend Mathilda (Ann Doran), Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) goes to New York to check up on his niece's boyfriend, who's been out of touch since hitting the big city. The trip throws him into contact with an amorous heiress (Billie Burke) and a ruthless gold digger (Clare Carleton), one determined to marry him, the other out to take him to the cleaners. When Doran shows up to see how her fianc is doing, it sets the stage for even more screw-ups, including a hilarious drag scene in which Peary impersonates his own imaginary wife. For the third film, Richard LeGrand's role as Mr. Peavey, the druggist, was expanded. Margaret Landry takes over from Nancy Gates as Gildersleeve's niece, Marjorie, and Hobart Cavanagh and Leonid Kinskey turn up in funny supporting roles as Burke's eccentric brother and a wise-cracking window washer, respectively. The film also marks the screen debut of Lawrence Tierney as a taxi driver and features Barbara Hale and Dorothy Malone in early bit parts.

By Frank Miller

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