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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:
Sit Down, Mr. Muckle! 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:
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:Do you know a man by the name of LaFong? Carl LaFong? Capital L, small a, Capital F, small o, small n, small g. LaFong. Carl LaFong.
Harold:No, I don't know Carl LaFong - capital L, small a, capital F, small o, small n, small g. And if I did know Carl LaFong, I wouldn't admit it!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
California, Here I ComeSee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Sit Down, Mr. Muckle!, 3 December 2001
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

If you can spell Carl LaFong, you can spell laugh....that's capital "L', small "a", small "u", small "g", small "h"!!! And Carl LaFong is only one of many bits that will have you weeping with laughter. This is, without a doubt, the best of Fields and it is more than 70 years old!! Watch some of the old comedies of the early 30's and be bored to death; very few stand the test of time as this one does. The story is simple - man inherits money, buys his dream, the dream turns bad, and then turns good, end of story. Fields' movies don't need much story; only something to frame his talents and the talents of his supporting players who are all spot-on in this film. The picnic scene will have you rolling in the aisles (or off the couch), the aforementioned Carl LaFong scene (in fact, the whole porch scene) and "Sit down, Mr. Muckle,honey" is a riot. Almost every set piece in "It's a Gift" will evoke laughter and as usual, the names of the characters are pure Fields madness. I give this classic a 10 and recommend it to all those comedy buffs who think that all humor has to have sexual or political content to succeed.

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