Cast & Crew
Joe E. Brown
Bearded Charles Augustus Holt, the book reviewer for The Chronicle , is derisively known as "Whiskers" because of his timid personality. When he is fired from his job, Whiskers accepts the advice of his girl friend, Lucy Walters, to write a novel and get a shave. On the day that he cleans off his beard, gangster Brute Hanson, his exact double, is released from Alcatraz. The resemblance causes Brute's moll, Maxie Carewe, and his gang members, Dopey and Dude, to mistake the mild-mannered Whiskers for their boss. Thinking that Brute has gone stir crazy and taken leave of his senses, they kidnap Whiskers, who manages to escape and take refuge at Lucy's apartment. Lucy argues that the mixup provides the perfect opportunity for Whiskers to write the inside story on Brute, however, so she sends the aspiring author back to Maxie's apartment, where he meets the real Brute. Confusion reigns when rival gangster Bugs Linaker and his gang arrive to eliminate Brute, and Brute shoots Bugs, then escapes in Lucy's waiting cab as the police pursue Whiskers, thinking that he is Brute. Taking Lucy hostage, Brute sends for Dude and Dopey and announces that he is planning to disguise himself as Whiskers. Meanwhile, Whiskers has pasted a beard and mustache on his face and arrives at Lucy's apartment pretending to be Brute. When the real Brute returns, Whiskers orders Dude and Dopey to tie him up and, as he holds the two gangsters at gunpoint, Whiskers sends Lucy for the police. As the police lead the real Brute away, Whiskers relinquishes his double life to write his novel.
Joe E. Brown
The working title of this film was The Clay Pigeon.