A tinkling tale of Decency, Conn., and the on-again-off again affairs of Chick Swallow ruffles the lunatic fringe of marriage, a newspaper column, an affair with a married woman, and other graceless notes to jangle small town living. Chick and his friend Nick fancy themselves in men of the world, witty roles; Chick achieves his father-in-law's column, complete with ""pepigrams"" and ""The lamplighter"" philosophy, and a wife who keeps well grounded against his airier foolery. Along with the complications that Pete Cheshire brows when he is paroled to Chick as a Big Brother, comes the trouble that mutual interests and hobbies bring to Chick when Mrs. Thicknesse gets seductive, while another seductive piece leads him into a suit which is cleared by Nick whose legal eagle look confounds even the judge. A slippery bit in which the boys who were ""clever so long""...find it ""necessary to be good"" revolves around some bright to medium dialogue and situations, and leans even more heavily on farce than did the previous The Tunnel Of Love. (1954) Dizzy.