The Whammy

From LOVE HAPPY. “The whammy” itself is wonderfully rendered.

I dig how Harpo’s contents, whether intentionally or not, harken back to previous movies: there’s the block of ice, magically unmelted, from HORSE FEATHERS, and that dog may be related to the one inhabiting his chest-tattoo in DUCK SOUP. The mannequin legs are a welcome hint of the polymorphous perversity otherwise lacking in this iteration of Harpo: no skirt-chasing in this one, just sappy mooning after Vera-Ellen.


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