How to Frame a Figg
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There's something crooked going on in the township of Dalton. When Hollis Figg (Knotts) is assigned to operate an advanced computer containing vital city information, he inadvertently uncovers facts leading him to suspect corruption within the government. Figg immediately takes his suspicions to the mayor, who dismisses his claims. But shortly thereafter, Figg is given a big new office - complete with a sexy secretary - plus a racy red company car. Immune to bribery, the civic-minded Figg sets out to nab the felonious officials in this delightful comic romp featuring Knotts at his irrepressible best.
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The Plot? Here goes;
Knotts plays bumbling accountant Hollis Figg who's retained by the City Hall council because they feel he's too stupid to uncover all their fraud 'n graft. Thanks to his outdated computer, LEO, Knotts does stumble into the truth, he just doesn't realize it until after he's promoted to councilman with lots of perks. City Hall sets him up to take the fall, but Knotts along with his best friend and girlfriend try to come up with evidence to prove otherwise.
Knotts, who was listed as a co-writer of the story, is in fine form as the nervous Figg and has a few priceless scenes. Including a bowling ball getting stuck to his hand, a drunken scene at his secretary's apartment, and the climax of the film at the graveyard. He's at the top of his game when miffed, but trying to hold it back. And even the little things, such as Figg's photo in the paper is enough to conjure a laugh.
The supporting cast is filled with recognizable vets as Joe Flynn and Ed Andrews as the Mayor.
On the downside, I found the pacing of the movie to be a trifle bit slow with a nice, but unnecessary scene with the Mayor and Figg's girlfriend (played by Elaine Joyce) at the diner. Also, Figg's best friend Prentiss played by Frank Welker (the most prolific voice-over actor of our time) is too cute by half. I understand he's not suppose to be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he pushes the "sillyness" a little much for my tastes. While watching with a few friends, we chortled a bit at Figg's supposed age of "34"...really? Knotts was 46 at the time and looked every bit of it.
The DVD itself is rather bare bones as it only includes the original trailer for the film. But considering the price this is to be expected. For the trailer, Knotts and Yvonne Craig (of "Batgirl" fame) did some additional footage which is kinda nice.
If you enjoy Don Knotts, this film is for you. If you're not sure, I'd recommend viewing his classic performances as Deputy Barney Fife in the "Andy Griffith Show" first.
Probably a notch below Knotts' earlier films. However, it was good enough to keep me laughing all the way through!