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(1934)

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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.
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Film debut of Chill Wills.
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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.
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The source of the film was a play, "The Comic Supplement (of American Life)," by J.P. McEvoy, which opened in Washington, D.C. on 19 January 1925.
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The $5,000 that Harold pays for the "orange grove" in California would be equal to $89,000 in 2015.
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 9 November 2004 as one of 5 titles in Universal's W.C. Fields Comedy Collection and again 4 June 2013 as one of 10 titles in Universal's W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection; it has also enjoyed an occasional airing on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies.
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James Burke (Ice Man) is in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but he did not appear or was not identifiable.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Jean Rouverol's name is misspelled in the closing credits cast list as "Jean Rouveral."
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One of David Lynch's favorite movies.
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When a compilation LP of W.C. Fields' best material was released in the 1970s, much of the material on that album came from this film.
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Harold Bissonette's grocery store sells actual brand-name products of the period, including Kellogg's Corn Flakes and 3-in-1 Oil. This was highly unusual in 1934; most movies avoided showing real products because the studios didn't want to give their manufacturers free advertising.
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