Horace Takes Over is a ridiculous comedy made to delightfully distract people from World War II. Almost as useful today, Horace Takes Over remains a sidesplitting good time thanks to great writing and the comedic presence of John Beal. Beal stars as a draftee on his last night in New York City with his newlywed wife. The pair is rather witless, however, and though they want to spend time alone they are continually interrupted by ludicrous visitors to their small hotel room. This parade of jokers leads to Beal’s amusingly mounting frustration. The film was a hit with critics because, despite its low budget, the laughs are continuous and characters endearing. Horace Takes Over is just as splendid a comedic diversion today as it was in the 1940s!