Mack Howard and Murray Gruen were a celebrated comical duo but parted in anger. Murray's daughter, Corrie, brings their friend Jessica along to his own Hiawatha lodge for her and Mack's son Kip Howard's engagement dinner. Murray, however, makes a scene, claiming Mack stole a fortune in royalties on videos of the duo, denied by Mack and his business manager who claims there is no profit. Then Murray is stabbed in the back and suggests he only saw a color, that of Mack's robe. Later, Murray's agent, Phil Rinker, is found hanging in the storeroom, suicide according to a note. The sheriff being sick, his only deputy, local youngster Wylie Ledbetter, now proud Acting Police Chief, is delighted as a mystery fan to have Jessica coach his forensics and interviews, but startled when she proves by measurements it must have been a murder, staged as suicide. Jessica next concludes from a peephole the stabbing was a separate mischief, then proves it by setting a trap for Phil's killer.
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The title comes from the phrase No laughing matter which means a serious situation. See more
And now, the comedy sensation of 1957! Let's hear it for Mack and Murray!
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