How to Frame a Figg

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"Runaway hilarity when Don Knotts runs down City search of the buried secrets of a gang of crooked politicians the movie the entire family will enjoy!"
  • G
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 6.4  (993)

How to Frame a Figg is a 1971 comedy film starring the legendary Don Knotts, who had already made a name for himself with his iconic roles in The Andy Griffith Show and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. The movie follows the story of Hollis Figg (Don Knotts), the nervous and bumbling bookkeeper of a small-town government office. Hollis is constantly belittled and bullied by his boss, the corrupt and conniving Mayor Everett T. Thatcher (Joe Flynn) and his accomplice, the sanctimonious town attorney W.L. Blair (Edward Andrews).

Feeling fed up with his lowly and underappreciated position, and wanting to impress his crush, the lovely and ambitious young secretary Glorianna Hastings (Yvonne Craig), Hollis decides to take matters into his own hands by attempting to expose the corrupt officials' embezzlement scheme.

However, his clumsy approach and constant mishaps only end up getting him into deeper trouble, as he unwittingly becomes the prime suspect of the very embezzlement he was trying to prevent.

As the plot thickens, Hollis finds himself in a series of absurd and hilarious situations, from posing as a fake Arab prince to hiding in a stolen hearse. Despite his incompetence, he manages to outsmart the scheming mayor and attorney and clear his name, in the nick of time.

The movie is a classic '70s slapstick comedy, relying heavily on Don Knotts' signature brand of physical humor and quirky facial expressions. His character's endearing innocence and naivety drive many of the film's comedic moments, and his chemistry with his co-stars, in particular, Joe Flynn, is a highlight of the movie.

In addition to the laugh-out-loud gags, the film also touches on themes of corruption, honesty, and the power of the common man, making it a relevant commentary on contemporary politics.

Overall, How to Frame a Figg is a charming and delightful romp that offers plenty of entertainment for both fans of classic comedies and newcomers alike. Don Knotts proves once again why he is one of the greatest comic actors of all time, and the supporting cast does an excellent job of rounding out the story. Whether you're in the mood for some feel-good laughs or just want to witness the comedic genius of Don Knotts, this movie is certainly worth a watch.

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    1 hr 43 min
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    6.4  (993)