Set in London seven years before The Hands of Mr. Ottermole. 1912 slacker Sam Saunders is in his father’s pawnshop hitting him up for money. His father tells him that at 35 it is time he stood on his own two feet, and he will not give him any more money.
Sam is not much of a negotiator, saying to his father, “Are you afraid if you give it to me there won’t be enough left for you to get drunk on?”
At the saloon, Mae has just finished pounding out a tune on the piano when Sam starts hitting on her. When Sam finds out she is going off on a holiday, he says, “I ought to have my head examined, wanting you, knowing what you are,” basically calling her a whore. This guy could really benefit from the Dale Carnegie course; and in 1912, he could take it from Carnegie personally.
What a whore.
Sam overhears his father talking to an old friend. The friend is dodging the police who wrongly suspect him in a murder, and there is a 50 quid bounty on him. Sam goes to the police and rats out his father for harboring a criminal, leading to an awkward meeting at the police station.
However, the friend has disappeared after getting a warning from Mae, who was disgusted by Sam’s weaselly maneuver. He does get the reward, however.
I give it 1 out of 3 pawnshop balls.
- AHP Deathwatch: No survivors.
- Edmund Gwenn played Santa Claus in Miracle on 34nd Street.