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Love Thy Neighbor

Love Thy Neighbor(1940)

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Famous feuding radio comedians Jack Benny and Fred Allen end up in adjoining jail cells on New Year's Eve, 1940, after Allen totals Benny's car. Allen's fanatical vengeance causes his niece Mary to think that he is going mad, so she visits Benny at his office, intending to end the feud. At the office, however, actress Virginia Astor is late for an audition, so Mary assumes her name and, because Benny has never met her, is able to audition. Benny gives Mary the lead in his show, and she goes to Miami for the show's premiere. There, Allen shows up for a rest cure, but when he finds Benny in the same hotel, he chases him with a rifle in a boat. When Allen sees Mary in Benny's boat, he faints and the boats collide, knocking Benny unconscious. After the men regain consciousness, Mary convinces Allen that Benny saved his life, and they are reconciled. Benny later learns, however, that Allen hired Benny's valet, Rochester, whom he had fired when he caught Rochester visiting his girl friend Josephine, Allen's servant, and accused him of being a spy. Benny then accuses Mary of becoming involved with him to make him look foolish, and fires her from the show. Allen then schemes to acquire Rochester's one percent stock in the show and makes a deal with Harrington, the show's producer, whereby Harrington can join the cast if Allen can control the show. Mary, however, swears her love to Benny and acquires Rochester's one percent from Josephine. Until she marries, however, Allen is legally in charge of her finances. To save the show, Benny and Mary decide to marry during intermission, but Allen foils the plan by planting the real Virginia Astor in Benny's shower. When Virginia interrupts the wedding in a bath towel, Mary leaves, but Benny finds Allen's check to Virginia and explains all to Mary. Years later, Mary and her twin boys, who are the spitting image of Allen and Benny, meet Josephine in the park with her baby, who is an infant version of Rochester.