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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
Costar Susan Fleming - who plays Angela - later married comic Harpo Marx and retired from acting. The Marx's marriage was a famously happy and successful one, and lasted until Harpo's death in 1964. See more »
The film depicts a mile-long race at the 1932 Olympics. In 1932, as today, all Olympic track events were run over metric distances, including the so-called "metric mile" of 1,500 meters. 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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