Larson E. Whipsnade runs a seedy circus which is perpetually in debt. His performers give him nothing but trouble, especially Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Meanwhile, Whipsnade's son ... See full summary »
Edward F. Cline
Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when... See full summary »
Charlie is walking in the park. A girl leaves a seaman on one bench and joins Charlie on another. The seaman wakes up. He and Charlie stage a brick fight. Policemen get hit and arrest both ... See full summary »
Since his in-laws are coming for dinner, Mr. Walrus is to buy a turkey. Instead, he loses the money on a raffle, meaning no money for the turkey. Meanwhile, Mr. Walrus' neighbor, Mr. Spegle... See full summary »
Hearing her sweetly playing the piano, a man, stopping to listen and sing along, falls in love with the young piano playing woman, which does not sit well with her boyfriend. The man ... See full summary »
The Police Chief is tracking a band of four desperadoes, who vow revenge by blowing up his house. The desperadoes manage to kidnap one of the Chief's hapless constables - the boyfriend of ... See full summary »
Ambrose has a heart of gold and is as strong as an ox. His mother, who runs a boarding house, can see that her maid, Rosie Bloom, is smitten with Ambrose by the way she is always neglecting... See full summary »
Mr. Snavely, a Yukon prospector, lost his only son years ago to the temptations of the big city; now the prodigal Chester, released from prison, comes home to Ma and Pa. A parody of Yukon melodrama; includes the famous looking-out-the-door routine. Written by
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When this film was released in 1933, the majority of reviews were negative and even hostile. The film was hated and vilified; audiences and theatre owners found it tacky and cheap. They missed the whole point. The film is a sharp satire of both the Mellerdrammers of the early twentieth century and of studio filmmaking. Fields and Bruckman were too incisive as comics not to have done everything in this film very deliberately. From the overly obvious sets to the absolute WORST background projection ever seen, the film is a sly poke in Hollywood's eye and that's where its humor comes from. I just about wet myself the first time I saw Fields go out to "milk the elk". He stands in front of a background projection of elk in the snow and begins calling to them. When they start to run, they grow larger and larger, dwarfing the non-plussed Fields. Sadly, since this is a public domain title, it's hard to find a good copy of it. About the best I've seen is on the "6 Films by W.C. Fields" LD or DVD
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