How to Frame a Figg

1971 G 1h 43m DVD

How to Frame a Figg

1971 G 1h 43m DVD
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This vintage slapstick comedy stars Don Knotts as Hollis Figg, a nerdy municipal number-cruncher who finds himself framed as the fall guy by corrupt politicians trying to cover up their sticky-fingered high jinks with the city coffers.
Don Knotts, Joe Flynn, Edward Andrews, Elaine Joyce, Yvonne Craig, Frank Welker, Parker Fennelly, Bill Zuckert, Pitt Herbert, Robert P. Lieb, Bob Hastings, Bruce Kirby, Stuart Nisbet, James Millhollin, Fay DeWitt
Alan Rafkin
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that How to Frame a Figg is a silly 1971 slapstick comedy starring Don Knotts that feels dated thanks to ridiculously large supercomputers and women as seductive administrative assistants. In one scene, Knotts drinks alcohol and acts comically drunk by slurring his speech, repeating words, and stumbling. An older character frequently refers to those around him as "poop heads." A character makes a joke about "the pill."

Sexual Content

While watching her server innocently flirt with Hollis Figg, the owner of a restaurant says to the server, "I hope you're on the pill." Some mild sexual innuendo.


There is an extended comic car chase in which Hollis Figg is being tailed by an ambulance, and Figg has nowhere to pull over on the narrow road. Later in the film, a man dies during a meeting and his body is hidden in a closet.


An elderly character who is the richest man in town frequently refers to the city officials he meets with as "poop heads." At a meeting, this same man asks to see the secretary with the "big maguffies."

Social Behavior

There's a David and Goliath theme, with the dimwitted underling taking on the corrupt bigwig and winning.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

While meeting with Hollis, the mayor pours himself a shot of liquor and drinks it. Hollis' secretary invites him into her apartment and pours him drinks; Hollis then acts comically drunk -- slurring his speech, repeating his words, stumbling.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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