The film features lines such as “I would never hit a woman, not even my own mother” and “Stand clear and keep your eye on the ball”, a line Fields also used in the golf scene in The Dentist (1932). Fields reprised the entire golf scene in You’re Telling Me! (1934).
In a Florida hotel, the House Detective’s wife (Shirley Grey) likes to flirt with other men. The House Detective (John Dunsmuir) catches her flirting with a man, and he bodily throws him out.
Deep Sea McGurk (William Black) comes in and asks the Desk Clerk (Johnny Kane) for J. Effingham Bellweather, but he is not in. McGurk dictates a note for the Desk Clerk to give to Bellweather that he wants to collect the money that is owed to him.
Bellweather (W. C. Fields) enters, and the Desk Clerk gives him the note from McGurk, which he tears up. After brief encounters with a bratty little girl (Naomi Casey) and the House Detective (John Dunsmuir), Bellweather offers to teach the Detective’s Wife how to play golf.
The two of them and their Caddy (Allen Wood) go out to the golf course, but Bellweather never gets to hit the ball. He is continuously interrupted by such distractions as the incompetent Caddy’s squeaking shoes, the wind blowing papers into his path, and accidentally stepping into a pie that the Caddy had brought.
Finally, the Sheriff and the House Detective come out to the course to arrest con artist Bellweather for a list of absurd crimes (including “eating spaghetti in public”, “jumping board bill in seventeen lunatic asylums”, “failure to pay installments on a strait-jacket”, and “possessing a skunk”); the police put handcuffs on him just as he’s showing the Detective’s Wife the importance of keeping the wrists close together while gripping the club.
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