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, ...
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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
Although the film was written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Henry Myers, it is often mistakenly attributed to Mankiewicz' older brother, Herman J. Mankiewicz, later the co-author of Citizen Kane (1941); Herman, then an executive at Paramount Studios, had hired Joseph as a writer there, and had contributed to the writing of the movie's opening title card. See more »
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One simply....one of the funniest movies of the 1930's. Everything's perfect in this little, silly comedy about a small country trying to get out of their financial con-dish by getting a sponsor for their people in the Summer Olympics.
The entire cast is just great from W.C. Fields down to Vernon Dent and Billy Gilbert.
One of the funniest lines: (To Mata Macree's butler:) "I want to see this woman no man can resist." (Butler:) "Madam is only resisted from 2-4 in the afternoon."
This film, along with "International House" and "If I Had A Million" is the kind of silly, clever comedy that only Paramount could've released.
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