David Wayne played the Broadway part of the amiable Southern gentleman who buys everybody ice cream cones and invites them all to the big murder trial. He even welcomes the out-of-town prosecutor on arrival. The prosecutor is shocked, for Uncle Daniel Ponder (Wayne) is the defendant. It seems that he one day decided that he was getting on in years, and so decided to marry a young girl. The girl was totally ignorant and child-like. During the one-month-trial marriage she did nothing but send for TV sets, refrigerators, and electric stoves - even though there was no electricity in the house. She also played jacks with the maid. But Uncle Daniel Ponder loved her dearly. And now he is accused of murdering her. He is so guileless that he does not realize until the climax of the trial that the state accuses him of the murder. Then mild Uncle Daniel gets his dander up. Here is one of the truly original characters of the modern American drama. Uncle Daniel Ponder is the most amiable man on earth, and no one can resist taking him and his habits to his heart.
"Disarming, daffy, and definitely delightful." - New York Daily News
"Original, charming, and funny...It's delightful." - The New York Times