The Town Went Wild movie
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  • Part of the problem is that the two families have never gotten along, not even before the boys were born

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      The Town Went Wild, a 1944 release, was a really ridiculous movie that was overplayed and just felt like a big glob of confusion. The film centers on two boys, young men really, of marrying age even, who are suddenly told that they were switched at birth and belong to the other’s parents. It all

      supposedly comes out when David Conway (Freddie Bartholomew) asks for a copy of his birth certificate. He wants to marry his girlfriend, Carol Harrison (Jill Browning). The two plan on eloping and get their best friend, Bob Harrison (Jimmy Lydon) to help them.

      This story is told more as a comedy than anything else. There’s a crazy bit at the beginning where the clerk who discovers the error takes it to the next clerk, who then goes to the next, and so on. It’s like a big game of follow the leader.

      Part of the problem is that the two families have never gotten along, not even before the boys were born.


      • The Town Went Wild movie
      This ends up the excuse for some overdone and not so funny scenes were the two dads continue to go at it.

      Even the serious stuff doesn’t work. Who in their right minds would take two young men, old enough to work and get married, and tell them they had to go live with another couple,

      use their friend’s name, and call the adults Mom and Dad. It’s nonsense for everyone involved.

      Edward Everett Horton and Tom Tully are wasted in this movie, though they give it their all. I’ll also give a nod to Dick Elliott, who had a quick moment as the mayor of Midvale.

      Honestly, I wouldn’t waste my time on this one.




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