© 1941 Wilding Picture Productions

Uncle Joe (1941)

I only watched this film because I couldn’t make much time for my movie of the day, and wanted to find something short I could watch during lunch, and this clocks in at under an hour. The story revolves around a spoiled rich girl from the big city who is getting too involved with her artist boyfriend, and is sent by her father to stay with her Uncle Joe in the country. Uncle Joe is an amateur inventor whose farm is filled with Rube Goldberg machines that make his breakfast and feed his dog. The newcomer is popular with the boys that live around the farm, all of whom coincidentally play instruments and sing. There are a lot of hokey songs that are awkwardly inserted into the plot. ZaSu Pitts, as an old spinster who secretly has a crush on Uncle Joe, provides the few funny moments.

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