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The Show-Off (1946) starring Red Skelton, Marilyn Maxwell
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The Show-Off (1946) starring Red Skelton, Marilyn Maxwell

Synopsis of The Show-Off

Amy Fisher falls in love with Aubrey Piper, a loudmouth and braggart who pretends to be more than the lowly clerk he is. She marries him, over her family’s objections.  Aubrey can’t seem to stop insulting others or interfering with their lives. He accidentally sets her inventor brother Joe’s laboratory on fire, wrecks a car, drives it without a license, gets kicked off a radio show for offending the sponsor and blows Joe’s deal with a paint company.

Review of The Show-Off

Red Skelton and Marilyn Maxwell as the newlywed couple in "The Show-Off"

I frankly didn’t enjoy The Show-Off until the very end. Red Skelton is his normal funny self, but his character of Aubrey Piper is simply obnoxious and hard to like.  The ending is contrived. It ends with a happy ending all around.

The courtroom scene is funny, with Aubrey unwittingly putting his head in the lion’s mouth. This is where Aubrey is served a large enough slice of humble pie to cause his to look at himself. In the process, he becomes a much more likable character.  Leon Ames shines as the nice, boring brother in law.  He truly does love his wife, and eventually proves it to her – with Aubrey’s help.

Cast of The Show-Off

  • J. Aubrey Piper (Red SkeltonWhistling in the Dark) – the show-off of the title. A clerk who likes to tell exaggerated stories about himself. However, underneath the facade, he’s actually a warm person. He is interested in and caring for …
  • Amy Fisher Piper (Marilyn MaxwellThe Lemon Drop Kid). She’s the lovely young lady, flattered by Aubrey’s attention, falls in love with and marries him. Although strife and heartache follow soon afterward.
  • Mrs. Fisher (Marjorie MainMeet Me in St. Louis), Aubrey’s’ mother-in-law who doesn’t hide her dislike of him.
  • Pop Fisher (George ClevelandLassie) – Aubrey’s father-in-law, who doesn’t care for his windbag son-in-law either.
  • Frank Harlin (Leon AmesMeet Me in St. Louis) – Aubrey’s brother-in-law, a lawyer, and genuinely nice guy. However, his wife doesn’t believe that he truly loves him.
  • Clara Harlin (Jacqueline WhiteAir Raid Wardens). Amy’s sister and Frank’s wife. She’s a woman, married for several years. But she fears that her husband doesn’t love her.
  • Joe Fisher (Marshall ThompsonIt! The Terror from Beyond Space). Amy’s brother, a young but brilliant inventor, who’s on the verge of selling his invention for a lot of money … until Aubrey interferes.

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