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2 December 1932 (USA) See more »
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Will Rogers ... Jubilo

Marian Nixon ... Rose

Dick Powell ... Dan Hardy
Frederick Burton ... Judge Hardy

Charles Middleton ... Chief of Police
Louise Beavers ... Mammy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barbara Bedford ... Molly Hardy (scenes deleted)
Douglas Cosgrove ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon ... Pete (uncredited)
Jack O'Hara ... Under Sheriff (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Axel (uncredited)
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Directed by
John G. Blystone 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barry Conners 
Philip Klein 
Ben Ames Williams  story "Jubilo"

Original Music by
Gene Rose (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke 
Film Editing by
Alex Troffey 
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wallace Chewning .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
George Lipschultz .... musical director
Other crew
Ed Berry .... business manager (uncredited)

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76 min | USA:70 min (re-release)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Remake of Jubilo (1919)See more »


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On the road again, 9 May 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Too Busy To Work casts Will Rogers as a hobo who has decided to look up his former wife. It seems that while he was away during the World War in France, she ran off with a guy who has now become a judge and his aiming for higher office like Senator. The wife also took their daughter with her and Rogers has been on the open road since.

When he arrives at the house he finds his former wife has been dead a few years now and the daughter has grown up to be Marian Nixon who is engaged to the judge's son by his first wife Dick Powell.

Before he knew who he was Will watched a holdup where Powell got snookered into driving the getaway car. Seeing how Nixon loves him he covers for him until things work out and Powell is no longer in a jackpot. It also saves the career of Frederick Burton, Powell's father and the object of Rogers vengeance should it come to that.

Too Busy To Work is a decent enough film and for those fans of America's most beloved entertainer and humorist it should satisfy. The most famous of quotations from Will Rogers is that he never met a man he didn't like. It was a statement of his philosophy and how he lived. Try as you might you could never accept Rogers as a man seeking vengeance. It's what weakens Too Busy To Work.

Dick Powell sings no songs, but does give a good account of himself as the juvenile lead. Louise Beavers plays the maid and this woman has a lot of sass in her, unusual for the time.

Rogers fans will like Too Busy To Work.

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