The Last Three
Glann Tryon, Hal Roach (executive) for United Artists
directed by Glenn Tryon
starring Bobby Watson, Joe Devlin, Johnny Arthur, Jean Porter, Ian Keith, Frank Faylen, Henry Victor, Emory Parnell, Rex Evans, Wedgwood Nowell, Charley Rogers, Joe Ploski, Max Wagner, Henry Rowland, Ed Lewis, King Kong Kashey, Eddie Hall
written by Earle Snell, Clarence Marks, music by Edward Ward
American World War II Propaganda, Hitler, Hitler (Bobby Watson), Mussolini, Mussolini (Joe Devlin)
A sort-of sequel to previous year's The Devil with Hitler:
Hitler (Bobby Watson), Mussolini (Joe Devlin) and Japanese general Suki
Yaki (Johnny Arthur) all come to a South Seas island to sign a treaty with
it's tyrant ruler Paj Mab (Ian Keith), even though the man prefers to
constantly make fun of them. However, around the same time, the crew of an
American battleship has saved itself to the island as well, and while
Hitler, Mussolini and Suki Yaki are out visiting the tyrant, US-captain
Spence (Emory Parnell) and crew are taking over the German submarine.
In the meantime, seaman Benson (Frank Faylen), who's out exploring the
island, has assumed the identity of the island's most popular magician,
and he gives a show for the tyrant and his three honoured guests - which
amounts to Suki Yaki being substituted by an ape.
The evening passes without Paj Mab sigining the treaty, and at night,
Benson can convince Hitler, Mussolini and Suki Yaki that they are in grave
danger and have to leave at once. However, they have no idea that their
boat has been taken over by the Americans until they are on board and
under water. Then the boat runs onto ground, and Cap Spence agrees to
shoot his prisoners out via the missile hatch ... but since the boat has
run onto ground above water level, the three tyrants are shot into
the sand head first ...
Jean Porter plays the magician's assistant.
Of course this little propaganda film is anything but subtle, in fact
it's humour is very broad in a cartoon sort of way, and yet it's fun to
watch, mainly because Bobby Watson, Joe Devlin and Johnny Arthur as the
lead baddies are really hamming it up, and the fun they seem to be having
does translate into amusing onscreen comedy.
Not great maybe, but still amusing.