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A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, depending on your mood, but it's quite possibly the funniest movie ever made, and becomes even funnier with subsequent viewings. Written by
In the movie, Klopstokia's ancient national anthem - which doubles as Tweeny's mating song to Angela - is actually the title song to Paramount's Maurice Chavalier film of that same year, One Hour with You (1932), with special gibberish lyrics written for the occasion by co-author Henry Myers as a satire on movie romances. Strains of the same melody are also heard in another Paramount release of the same year, Duck Soup (1933) during Harpo's 'Paul Revere' scene. See more »
Supposedly all Klopstokian males are named George, but the female lead's younger brother (Dickie Moore) is named Willie. See more »
One of Fields' overlooked best, for the sheer absurdity of the story. Okay, so imagine the president of your country is chosen by whoever can out-wrestle the guy in office now. Doesn't that make as least as much sense as 50 state caucuses? Oh, and BTW, he's built like W.C. Fields. The title, of course, has no relation to anything in the film. Except maybe Susan Fleming? If, however, you think humor is Adam Sandler making guttural noises, or Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock spouting racial and sexual obscenities, then you should pass this movie by. But I doubt such people can read, so that's redundant. And if you have to ask Why Ben Turpin? then you may as well ask Why a Duck? Absurdity - you either get it, or you stay a surd. Happily, most of the reviews here on IMDb are by true Friends of Bill. The only thing no one has mentioned is this bit of trivia: The speedy Major-Domo, Andy Clyde, would go on to be Hopalong Cassidy's best sidekick, California Carlson.
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