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 »
Rightly suspected of illicit relations with the Masked Bandit, Flower Belle Lee is run out of Little Bend. On the train she meets con man Cuthbert J. Twillie and pretends to marry him for "... See full summary »
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 »
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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, ... See full summary »
Crosby plays a Philadelpia Quaker engaged to a Southern belle. He becomes a social outcast when he refuses to fight a duel. Fields then hires him to perform on his riverboat, promoting him ... See full summary »
Professor Wong has invented a television machine and invites everyone to see it at China's International House Hotel. Every time Tommy Nash attempts to wed his fiancée Carol Fortescue he comes down with an illness, and when he breaks out in a rash the hotel is quarantined. Into this hotel flies Professor Quail in his auto-gyro. Written by
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In the sequence with the midget car, W.C. Fields remarks that it had belonged to the Postmaster General. This was a shot at Will H. Hays, the former Postmaster General who was then putting together Hollywood's Production Code. See more »
The hole in the roof of Prof. Quail's car disappears and reappears during the chase. See more »
I'm just impressed that anybody could write as *much* about a trifle like this movie, and do it so well.
The movie certainly gives you a sense of how fleeting fame can be. I got the impression that Peggy Hopkins Joyce and Sari Maritza were household words at the time, and that "Stoopnocracy is Peachy" was the catchphrase on everybody's lips. (Who the hell WERE those guys?!)
Baby Rose Marie of course grew up to be Rose Marie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and every TV game show in the 70s. I didn't know she'd been a child star, & despite the obvious singing talent, I just found the whole thing a little creepy. It reminded me of Thomas Pynchon's Baby Igor in "The Crying of Lot 49."
I kept waiting for Franklin Pangborn to go "Yeeee-eeee-sssss?....Ooooh!"
Fields steals every scene, of course, but if you want him, I wouldn't start here. Go to the Criterion "Six Short Films" DVD, for Godfrey Daniels' sake!
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