“Horace Takes Over” (also known as “One Thrilling Night”) is a screwball comedy film directed by William Nigh and released in 1942. The movie follows the story of Horace McBride (Jack Haley), a mild-mannered accountant who finds himself caught up in a series of unexpected events.
When Horace arrives at a hotel to meet his fiancée, he discovers that she has gone missing. In her place, he finds a mysterious woman named Janet Martin (Anne Jeffreys), who claims to have information about his missing fiancée.
As Horace and Janet work together to unravel the mystery, they become embroiled in a web of intrigue involving stolen jewels and a dangerous criminal named Lucky Brandon (Bela Lugosi).
Despite their initial mistrust of one another, Horace and Janet begin to develop feelings for each other as they navigate the twists and turns of the investigation. With the help of a bumbling private detective (William Demarest), they eventually solve the case and clear their names.
Overall, “Horace Takes Over” is a fast-paced and entertaining comedy that showcases the talents of its cast. With its clever plot twists and zany humor, it remains a classic example of the screwball comedy genre.
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