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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 »
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Cast

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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)
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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)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Chill Wills.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The earphone that the old blind man has disappears from his hand when he falls into the boxes.See more »
Quotes:
Insurance Salesman:How old are you?
Harold:None of your business.
Insurance Salesman:I'd say you were a man about 50.
Harold:You would say that.
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Soundtrack:
On the Banks of the Wabash, Far AwaySee more »

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42 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Peerless Comedy!, 11 June 2004
Author: Thomas W. Muther, Jr. (twm-2) from Topeka, KS

As was my habit as a teenager, I often would stay up late at night watching old movies (which were just about the only things broadcast after midnight back then). One night, I turned on the tube and a W. C. Fields movie had just started. It wasn't long before I found myself laughing. My father, for some reason unable to sleep, got up to join me. Soon he was laughing out loud too, and he wasn't one who laughed at just anything. When the scene came in which Fields tries to take a little nap alfresco--both of us began laughing uncontrollably. If someone could have seen us through a sound proof window, I'm sure they would have thought we were having seizures. NO scene in ANY of the great comedies exceeds this one in hilarity, and few even approach it. Not the seduction/dance scene in "Some Like It Hot," not the hitchhiking, not the "piggy-back" scenes from "It Happened One Night," not the "water-in-the-face" scene in "City Lights"--no scene from "Tootsie," no scene from "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek," not any of the zany scenes from "The Court Jester," or "A Night At The Opera"--none of these beat Fields' pitiful attempt at catching a little shut-eye. And this is just one sequence in a film filled with wet-your-pants laughing.

W. C. Fields was one of the screen's greatest comedians. His bumbling, surly, dipsomaniac is a creation right up there with Chaplin's Little Tramp. As a gift from the gods of comedy, Fields was given an APPEARANCE of a bungler, but he was, in fact, physically adroit to a level most athletes could only dream of. Thus, he could get away with doing things SO bungling--like accidentally putting his hat on his walking stick (resting on his shoulder) instead of his head, and then not be able to find it, or trying to walk out the wrong side of the door--that if someone else tried them, they'd only look ridiculous. Fields makes you think these things could actually, comically, happen. He was truly a comedic genius.

One of cinema's greatest comedians, in one of cinema's funniest films: Do yourself a favor--wear a diaper and SEE THIS MOVIE!

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