Heavenly Days

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Comedy, USA, 1944, 71 min.

Synopsis When Molly McGee receives an invitation to visit her wealthy cousin, Alvin Clark, in Washington, D.C., Molly's husband Fibber insists on staying home in Wistful Vista. Fibber changes his mind, however, when the pipe player in a historic painting comes to life and lectures him about the responsibility of the average man to help his country. Fibber's assertion that it is his patriotic duty to visit Washington is sneered at by the pious Mr. Popham, who is running for the office of country treasurer. On the train to Washington, Fibber and Molly meet a group of soldiers bound for duty, and when the train becomes overcrowded, they give up their seats and board a plane. On the flight, they meet Dr. George Gallup, the public opinion pollster, and engage him in a discussion about the average man. Intrigued, Gallup decides to poll the public to see if "he" exists. At the Washington airport, reporters Dick Martin and Angie see the McGees with Dr. Gallup and, assuming that they must be influential people, ask them for a story. After agreeing to discuss his mission later, Fibber and Molly proceed to the Clarks's house and discover that their hosts have been called away. When Molly finds dust in the house, she decides to clean it. After changing into servants clothes, they are visited by Senator Bigbee, who is delivering a delegation of foreign children to stay at the house. Mistaking the McGees for servants, Bigbee leaves the children in their care. Before the senator leaves, Fibber tricks him into issuing them a pass to the senate. Alone with the McGees, the children voice their thanks for being in America. Later that night, the Clarks's maid and butler arrive to take charge, and the next day, Fibber and Molly proceed to the senate, where they are met by Angie and Dick. From his seat in the senate gallery, Fibber exhorts the politicians to listen to the common man instead of the "big shots." His speech is met with indignation, and he is ordered off the floor by the sergeant at arms. After Bigbee upbraids him for his impudence, Fibber repeats his speech to the reporters. Meanwhile, at the Gallup offices, the response to the average man poll comes pouring in. That night, Fibber dreams that he is given the opportunity to address the senate on behalf of the common man. In reponse to Fibber's remarks, Bigbee argues that the common man is not interested in taking part in the political process. The next day, the Clarks return home and Alvin tells Fibber that he has been appointed to coordinate public morale in the post-war era and asks Fibber to be his assistant. Fibber accepts the post, but when Alvin learns about Fibber's speech to the senate, he fires him. Disgraced by the McGees' populism, Mrs. Clark asks them to leave the house immediately. As the McGees pack, Dick and Angie convince their editor to run a story about them. When the reporters arrive at the house with a photographer, the Clarks ask them to leave by a side entrance, but the reporters follow them and get their story. The story becomes a national sensation, and when the McGees arrive home in Wistful Vista, they are greeted by a cheering crowd and Dr. Gallup. When Dr. Gallup announces that Fibber has been voted the average man, Fibber protests that he is above average and throws away the award. Realizing that it is election day, Fibber and Molly go to cast their votes. At the polls, Fibber discovers that he is not registered, and when he learns that half of the town's voters have not voted, he organizes a brass band to rally them to the polls to defeat Popham. As Fibber marches with the band, the pipe player parades alongside him, and then joins the other figures from Fibber's painting to march into history.

Directed by Howard Estabrook  

Starring Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Eugene Pallette, Gordon Oliver, Raymond Walburn, more...

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