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Director:
Writers:
Jack Cunningham (screen play)
J.P. McEvoy (from "The Comic Supplement" by)
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Release Date:
30 November 1934 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
LOOK THIS GIFT IN THE FACE IF YOU WANT A BIG HORSE-LAUGH (original herald - all caps) See more »
Plot:
A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
W.C. Fields as everyman seeking his dreams. See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

W.C. Fields ... Harold Bissonette
Kathleen Howard ... Amelia Bissonette
Jean Rouverol ... Mildred Bissonette
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
T. Roy Barnes ... Insurance Salesman
Diana Lewis ... Miss Dunk
Spencer Charters ... Gate Guard
Guy Usher ... Harry Payne Bosterly
Dell Henderson ... Mr. Abernathy (as Del Henderson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
The Avalon Boys ... Campfire Performers (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Yard Attendant (uncredited)
Don Brookins ... Member of 'The Avalon Boys' (uncredited)
Helene Chadwick ... Mrs. Abernathy (uncredited)
Billy Engle ... Campground Patron (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Driver (uncredited)
Art Green ... Member of 'The Avalon Boys' (uncredited)
Edith Kingdon ... Old Woman in Limousine (uncredited)
Jerry Mandy ... Vegetable Man (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Butler (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Mrs. Frobisher (uncredited)
William H. Tooker ... Old Man in Limousine (uncredited)
Walter Trask ... Member of 'The Avalon Boys' (uncredited)

Chill Wills ... Campfire Singer (uncredited)

Jane Withers ... Little Girl Playing Hopscotch (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod  (as Norman McLeod)
 
Writing credits
Jack Cunningham (screen play)

J.P. McEvoy (from "The Comic Supplement" by)

W.C. Fields (based upon a story by) (as Charles Bogle)

Claude Binyon  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Lou Breslow  contributor to special sequences (uncredited)
Howard J. Green  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Harry Ruskin  contributor to special sequences (uncredited)
John Sinclair  contributor to special sequences (uncredited)
Paul Girard Smith  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Eddie Welch  contributor to special sequences (uncredited)
Garnett Weston  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
William LeBaron .... producer
Emanuel Cohen .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Henry Sharp (photographed by)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
John B. Goodman (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Montagne .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harry Caplan .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Earl S. Hayman .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Sinclair .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
John Sinclair .... stunt double: W.C. Fields (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Teet Carle .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Rachel Smith .... studio teacher (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
68 min (TCM print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #343) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The portrait of the late Uncle Bean is the same portrait of actor Donald Meek seen in Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934) filmed. In this film the portrait has a mustache drawn on it.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Harold:[after being struck on the nose by a cluster of grapes dropped by Baby Dunk] Shades of Bacchus!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
California, Here I ComeSee more »

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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
W.C. Fields as everyman seeking his dreams., 12 July 2000
Author: georgeeliot from NYC

As close to a perfect film as have ever been made. Running a fat free 62 minutes, not a second is wasted. Several of the ten minute scenes were released by Castle films as mini-masterpieces. Each of them can stand alone but are greater as part of the whole. W.C. Fields wrote one of his funniest, and easily most sympathetic role as the loving husband and father who dreams of escaping his life as a Eastern shopkeeper and traveling to sunny California where he can own an orange grove. He wrote wonderful supporting roles including the blind man, Mr. Muckle, and the irritating man looking for Carl LaFong. He stoicly suffers the barbs of his wife, the indifference of his children, the incompetence of his hired help and the wrath of his customers. When he reaches California and when his dreams appeared dashed, he triumphs at last. The everyman rewarded after suffering the slings and errors of outrageous fortune. It belongs with Homer, with Shakespeare, with Mark Twain. It is perfection.

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