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Terry Kelly is leaving for college, and Ma Kelly and Uncle Pat invite his friends and sweetheart Kitty to the house for a going-away party. The bigger surprise is Uncle Pat's gift of $1400 for Terry's tuition, money he earned promoting Terry as an amateur boxer. Accompanying Terry and Kitty's school friends to the party is Diggins, Terry's rival for Kitty's affections. After an argument, Diggins takes off... with the envelope containing Pat's gift. The kids track Diggins down at Regan's Road House, and a brawl breaks out.

Although heavier on story focus than the usual Columbia short subject, Jules White still managed to fill PLEASED TO MITT YOU with many of his regular roster of sight gags, particularly the "pot holder in the cake" which takes up a couple minutes of screen time. The preceding introductory short, THE GLOVE SLINGERS (1939), cast 30-ish actors like Cy Schindell and Noah Beery Jr. as the main characters, aged 20-something. In this second episode, time is peeled back as 20-ish actors take on high school senior roles. The remainder of the "Glove Slingers" series takes place during the characters' college days.

The 2nd entry in Columbia's "Glove Slingers," but Shemp's last involvement in the series. After casting Samuel Horwitz as the "Glove Slingers'" Irish-Catholic 'Uncle Pat Patrick'... Jules White should never be accused of type-casting.

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Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
September 06, 1940
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Short Subject
17.9 min.
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    Co-star Guinn Williams accidentally breaking his character when he laugh directly into the camera after Shemp's unexpected ad-libs in the potato peeling scene

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Posted 2010-08-23 23:06:38 by [Deleted Member]
Although I've only seen the first two "Glove Slingers" shorts. This was my favorite one. Shemp is a howl as Terry's uncle, but Guinn "Big Boy" Williams steals the show as his partner. The short includes the usual number of slapstick sight gags including the "potholder in the cake" one. Shemp would perform that again a decade later in "Three Hams On Rye". It has a satisfing fight scene for the climax.

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Posted 2010-05-08 23:36:43 by falsealarms
Very enjoyable. Shemp is good as he always is, but the rest of the cast was great as well. Great chemistry between Kitty and Terry. The hijinks in the kitchen were top notch and the short was energetic and fast-moving. There really wasn't anything bad about this short and it's worth tracking down. The "Golden Boy" DVD can be bought new for as little as 5 bucks on Amazon and this short is worth it alone, though "Golden Boy" is worthy as well.

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