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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:
It's the Best 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)

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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: During the "back porch" scene, Harold notices a pair of large bloomers come into view against the porch column. In the next shot, there is a distant view of the entire back of that same building. None of the laundry is visible and there was not sufficient time for the neighbor to remove it.See more »
Quotes:
Harold:[seeing Everett has stood by, allowing the toddler Elwood to open the spigot on the molasses barrel] What did you let him turn the molasses on for?
Everett:I told him I wouldn't do it if I was him.
Harold:You told him you wouldn't do it if you was him. Get him outta here!
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Soundtrack:
On the Banks of the Wabash, Far AwaySee more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
It's the Best, 28 May 2003
Author: tonstant viewer

I'm not going to repeat the story here. The story line is serviceable, but not as important as the situations and the set pieces. Mundane things like light bulbs and back porches become magical in this movie, though exactly what kind of magic is open to debate.

But I will say that this is the best of W.C. Fields's films, and that's saying something (though I do like "Million Dollar Legs" an awful lot). And I'd put "It's a Gift" in the Top 10 list of the best sound comedies ever made, and maybe in the Top 5.

The production is about as tacky as Golden Age Paramount was capable of. Compared to the Marx Brother's "Duck Soup" which was made in the same place at almost the same time, it looks like home movies.

But "It's a Gift" is every bit as funny as "Duck Soup," if not more so, and has aged less than Paramount's high-style comedies with MacDonald and Chevalier (which are still wonderful but require more of an effort from modern audiences).

Whether you plug into Fields's comedy as a painful commentary on the human condition, or if you just want some belly laughs with no strings attached , this is the film to watch. And if it's the first time you're seeing it, I envy you.

And best regards from Carl LaFong.

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