Americans can't do film comedy. They lack any subtletly or sophistication and are typically juvenile. (Spaceballs seems to be aimed at nine year old boys). There are a few exceptions, but not many. Most are lucky if they manage one funny scene or idea. I mean,
American Pie? The Hangover? Animal House? Give me a break.
Oh pashaw. Take for instance, this very funny scene:
Henry Fonda is the father of a large family in the mountains of the American West. He likes to hunt and fish and doesn’t think much of going to church, which doesn’t please his beautiful wife, but she gives him air.
One day he’s fishing in a mountain stream alongside the lane and the great Wally Cox stops by in a car. He’s the new preacher, headed to his new church, but he really wants to fish. So, good-natured Henry gives him a pole and they start fishing together. This leads to a drink or two from the bottle, stories and song.
Wally is the gentle man who has never had a drink, so it goes to his head. Henry takes him into the mountain village, the preacher’s new flock, and the women of the church waiting to great him get to see him looking just like the town handyman, at his side.
The women punish the preacher and the beautiful wife punishes Henry, in their feminine ways.
Comedy and drama ensue from one of the many sub-plots of a great American movie that transmits much wisdom.