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It's a Gift
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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:
Never Gets Old. Such a Hilarious Movie See more (61 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

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Runtime:
68 min (TCM print)
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Language:
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 final scene, on Bissonette's "orange ranch", was filmed at the house and property W.C. Fields was living in at the time of the filming. For his entire life, Fields rented living quarters, adamantly refusing to buy a house or land.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The way Harold lands after tripping on the skate changes.See more »
Quotes:
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 something. Every time I open my mouth...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
California, Here I ComeSee more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Never Gets Old. Such a Hilarious Movie, 6 December 2002
Author: jeffy-3 from Springfield, Pa

I just watched my laserdisc of this again last night and laughed just as hard as I did 20 times ago when I first watched it. What a great, truly classic comedy. And I have to mention how much of this is due to Kathleen Howard's hysterical performance as his wife. She is an absolute scream! "Harold, are you drunk or crazy?" "Harold, would you please be quiet!" "Seems to me you're getting pretty familiar with Mrs. Dunk upstairs" "Funny thing, the maternity hospital calling asking for you"

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