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A wife whose husband is away asks her decorator to impersonate her husband, to help her deal with a pest. Soon there is quite a web of confusion that also involves the decorator's ... See full summary
A wife whose husband is away asks her decorator to impersonate her husband, to help her deal with a pest. Soon there is quite a web of confusion that also involves the decorator's girlfriend and the wife's suddenly returned husband.

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    • Author: Xmatarryto
    "So And Sew" is an amusing short comedy that gets good mileage out of simple coincidence and mistaken identity. An interior decorator working in a customer's home is asked by the wife to impersonate her husband, in order to help her deal with a pest who is making advances to her. But the decorator's girlfriend (a young Lucille Ball) happens to be an old friend of the wife, and when she comes to visit there is quite a tangle of misunderstandings.

    The results are mostly entertaining and watchable, and this is a pretty good film of its kind.
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    • Author: Taur
    When the film begins, the very beginning of the credits are missing and you have no idea who directed the picture. In fact, nor does IMDB know who directed it...a rare case where no director is credited. Now considering that the story was written by Jean Yarbrough and Charles Roberts, there's a very good chance that one of them directed, as both were famous for directing as well as writing.

    The story begins with a new bride and her ultra-jealous husband. The man keeps imagining that his wife is cheating on him. After he leaves, another super-jealous man (Billy Gilbert) arrives...pledging his undying love for the woman. When she informs him she's married, he doesn't believe her....so she has the interior decorator pose as her husband. This causes all sorts of problems with the decorator's fiance (Lucille Ball) arrives but it gets a lot worse when the husband comes home!

    This comedy is enjoyable but not filled with big laughs. Additionally, the whole notion of insanely jealous and violent men is a bit creepy...not exactly the stuff of comedy considering how jealous and violent they are. But if you can accept this, the film is breezy and entertaining.
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    • Author: Xig
    Although Lucille Ball is top-billed here, she actually has a very small part to play in this mildly amusing little two-reel comedy. Lucille has only two brief scenes, one at the beginning and the other at the end. Instead of Ball, the leading feminine role is actually played by Connie Bergen. I may be wrong, but I would guess this is the lengthiest part Connie ever played in her whole career -- and very charming she is too! Admittedly, she receives enthusiastic support from Billy Gilbert, who way over-acts his role as usual, but this time it seems to fit in quite well with all the other nutty proceedings. Yes, I'd put this one down as a pleasant time-filler in which fans of Billy Gilbert will have a great time, but just about all of Miss Ball's numerous followers will wonder what the heck she is doing in such a small and almost totally inconsequential role. A very good print of this movie short is available on an Alpha DVD entitled "Lost Comedies of the 30's".
  • Complete credited cast:
    Lucille Ball Lucille Ball - Sally Curtis
    Billy Gilbert Billy Gilbert - Rudolpho
    Lorin Raker Lorin Raker - Jimmy Drake, Interior Decorator
    Constance Bergen Constance Bergen - Elizabeth Campbell
    Edward Keane Edward Keane - Jack Campbell
    Bud Jamison Bud Jamison - Whiters, Campbell's Butler (as Bud Jameson)
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