Jimmy's a pretty messed-up kid, and in deep to the mob. But when he finally comes to his senses, turns out he's almost Clintonesque in his ability to shift blame for his own actions onto other people. A note at the end of this 1944 morality play says it will be shown to American troops in World War II combat areas. I wonder what the Marines at Iwo thought of this little loser.
We're also treated to an exciting short about farming.
This is an excellent mid-series MST episode. The host segment exploring the psychological roots of Jimmy's problems is especially entertaining, but all the riffing is very high quality. Rhino picked a good one when they released this one on video.
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A strong contender for inclusion in a compilation ofMST3K's greatest hits, this roasting of a 1945 morality tale demonstrates how funnyMST3Kcan be when Joel, Tom Servo, and Crow are matched against a blandly well-meaning melodrama. The target for derision isI Accuse My Parents, a typically tacky dose of cautionary "authority" from the poverty-row auteurs at Producers Releasing Corp. (PRC), in which the errant son of alcoholic parents falls for the torch-singer flame of a cut-rate mobster. Since the dialogue is so perfectly atrocious, Joel & Co. provide a steady feast of ad-libs, line extensions, and couch-potato counterpoint, and this time their material is frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious. Pointless out of context but impressively hip against the film's riotous moralizing, theMST3Kripostes (which are also aimed at a vintage grade-school short, "The Truck Farmer") are especially refined for movie buffs, who will benefit most from the rambling retorts of comedy's savviest cinephiles.--Jeff Shannon