Sam and Adam, not only are you completely wrong, I don't even understand what you're saying.
I'll try to be fair. So I'll start with what I like about this movie...Veronica Lake is absolutely wonderful. So we're in agreement there. When we get to the train track scene, and the tonal shift halfway through starts, I had a similar reaction to Sam: I had no idea where this was going, and it really was an exciting feeling. And there is genuine pathos and feeling in the camp scenes, and the scene with the preacher really is a great scene.
Unfortunately, the bad definitely outweighs the good: Joel McCrea is a rather bland actor. Compare the Woody Allen scene you played to this one: Allen sounds like a real person, McCrea sounds stagey; he's using Generically Big Acting. Too many of the pratfalls don't really work at all (they work in The Lady Eve because they tie in with character, here it's just "oh look, people are falling!"). And while the camp scenes are affecting, the plot device the film uses to get him there (temporarily lost memory) is absolutely trite and unbelievable.
But the main problem with the film, and the one that merits me saying I don't even understand what you're saying, is with the "message." How on earth can you not find it manipulative? The problem I have in this movie is best summed up by this: after the great scene of the preacher's sermon, we're then treated to what feels like five hours of watching people laugh uproariously at a cartoon that honestly isn't that funny. It's absolutely awful and manipulative. Cutting back to them before the end credits, how on earth is this *not* having a message hammered into your skull?
I enjoyed this movie in spots, but overall it's my least favorite of this marathon. There are parts that work, but once we get to the end it becomes a sermon about how awesome comedy is. Puh-leaze. Surely Mr. Sturges was smart enough to realize how insulting it is to give me a message movie with the moral being "we don't need message movies."