Tom Walls, one of the most famous of the Aldwych Theater farceurs, was both star and director of Leave It to Smith. Based on a Frederick Lonsdale play, the story concerns a thief named Smith (Walls) who uses his left-handed pilfering skills to rescue damsel-in-distress Mary Linkley (Carol Goodner). Because of this one good deed, poor Smith finds himself up to his unwashed neck in trouble. Lonsdale cleverly contrasts the essential decency of Smith with the hypocritical pretensions of the upper-class Londoners who comprise the rest of the cast of characters. American critics tended to dismiss Leave It to Smith on the grounds that the English accents were unintelligible, but this may have been due to bad laboratory work.
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