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It's a Joke, Son!

It's a Joke, Son!(1947)

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Outside his local grocery store, impassioned Southerner Beauregard Claghorn spouts the evils of importing apples from the North and declares that the North should be eliminated altogether by moving the Mason-Dixon line to the Great Lakes region. Representatives of state senator Leeds approach Claghorn to make speeches for Leeds's campaign, but he adamantly refuses. At home, Claghorn's wife Magnolia hosts a meeting of the "Daughters of Dixie," while Claghorn and a little boy neighbor named William prepare the punch. William mistakenly pours copious amounts of liquor into the punch instead of grape juice, and the old women, firm advocates of temperance, get uproariously drunk. The women nominate Magnolia as the first woman candidate for state senate, and she contributes $1,500 toward the campaign, unaware that Claghorn has given the money--profits from their mint julep patch--to their daughter Mary Lou. Although Magnolia is against the match, Mary Lou hopes to marry Jeff Davis, who needs the money to buy a frozen foods truck for his new business. To repay the Claghorns, Jeff visits the office of Senator Leeds and advises his staff to sabotage Magnolia's campaign by funding a third party, thus splitting the vote. Leeds gives Jeff $3,000 and he advises Claghorn to run against his wife in the election. As Claghorn's popularity rises, Leeds's henchmen abduct him, but their treachery only strengthens his determination to bring down Leeds. The night before the election, Claghorn is abducted again. In order to qualify for the race, he must reach town hall by nine o'clock that night. After Mary Lou chastises her mother for her continual, cruel domination of her husband, Magnolia tells Claghorn over the radio that she has withdrawn from the race to support him. Jeff and Mary Lou search for Claghorn in a truck that carries a band playing "Dixie," while Claghorn's dog, "Daisy," pursues him on foot. Claghorn hears the music, frees himself from his captors, and arrives at town hall just in time. Claghorn wins the election and Leeds's men are put behind bars, but Claghorn is nowhere to be found. He then emerges from Jeff's frozen foods truck in time for the victory parade.