It's a Gift (1934)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  30 November 1934 (USA)
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A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife.


(as Norman McLeod)


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Complete credited cast:
Kathleen Howard ...
Jean Rouverol ...
Julian Madison ...
John Durston
Tommy Bupp ...
Norman Bissonette (as Tom Bupp)
Baby LeRoy ...
Baby Dunk
Tammany Young ...
Everett Ricks
Morgan Wallace ...
James Fitchmueller
Charles Sellon ...
Mr. Muckle
Josephine Whittell ...
Mrs. Dunk
Insurance Salesman
Diana Lewis ...
Miss Dunk
Spencer Charters ...
Gate Guard
Guy Usher ...
Harry Payne Bosterly
Dell Henderson ...
Mr. Abernathy (as Del Henderson)


The owner of a general store (Harold Bisonette) is hounded by his status-anxious wife ("That's 'Bee-soh-nay'" and "I have no maid you know"). To get some sleep he goes out on the porch where he is tormented by a little boy from the floor above (Baby Dunk) and an insurance salesman down below ("LaFong. Capital L, small a..."). He uses an inheritance to buy an orange ranch through the mail, then drives off with his family for California. The orange grove consists of a withered tree, the ranch house is but a shack, and the car falls to pieces. But a racetrack operator wants the land, so all ends happily. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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California or Bust! And what they don't burn, they practically wreck...just as they will wreck you with laughter in this coast-to-coast joy-ride! See more »




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30 November 1934 (USA)  »

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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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James Burke (Ice Man) is in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but he did not appear or was not identifiable. See more »


When Harold is sitting on the back porch at the dilapidated orange ranch., the amount and angle of the sunlight varies from scene to scene. See more »


Mildred Bissonette: I never knew such an ungrateful father!
Harold: Listen, you've all got to realize one thing, that I am the Master of this house.
Amelia: [Calling from another part of the house] Harold!
Harold: Yes dear!
Amelia: I don't know why it is that every time I want to talk to you, you're off in some other part of the house! I have to shout! Shout! Shout! No wonder the neighbors know all about our private affairs. I give them enough opportunity as it is to find out what's going on, without you running away as if I had the small pox or ...
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When Fields met his match ...
14 August 1999 | by (Albany NY, USA) – See all my reviews

If W.C. Fields is the funniest comedian in sound films, and perfectly hilarious in starring vehicles (Bank Dick) and guest shots (International House), why is this one is his best? Because Fields' antagonists are, for once, as grand as The Great Man himself. Aside from an evil blind man, and a cheerfully homicidal baby (ever reliable Baby Leroy), there is the ultimate Spouse from Hell. Former Vogue editor turned actress Kathleen Howard is pure outraged selfishness (Fields' mirror image) as the wife; her declamatory style of acting would be at home in a John Waters epic. She is divine, and so is the film.

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