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The Old Fashioned Way (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 13 July 1934 (USA)
The Great McGonigle and his troupe of third-rate vaudevillians manage to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors and the sheriff.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Great McGonigle / Squire Cribbs in 'The Drunkard'
Joe Morrison ...
Wally Livingston / William Dowton in 'The Drunkard'
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Albert Pepperday
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Betty McGonigle / Agnes Dowton in the 'The Drunkard'
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Cleopatra Pepperday
Tammany Young ...
Marmaduke Gump
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Mrs. Wendelschaffer
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Dick Bronson
Samuel Ethridge ...
Bartley Neuville / Edward Middleton / The Drunkard in 'The Drunkard'
Ruth Marion ...
Agatha Sprague / Mary Wilson in 'The Drunkard'
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Sheriff of Barnesville
Larry Grenier ...
Drover Stevens in 'The Drunkard'
William Blatchford ...
Landlord in 'The Drunkard'
Jeffrey Williams ...
Mrs. Arden Renclelaw in 'The Drunkard'
Donald Brown ...
The Minister in 'The Drunkard'
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Storyline

The Great McGonigle's traveling theatrical troupe are staying at a boarding house. They are preparing to put on a production of "The Drunkard" (and do so during this movie). Cleopatra Pepperday puts up money for the show provided she can have a part ("Here comes the prince!"). Little Albert Wendelschaffer torments McGonigle all through lunch ("How can you hurt a watch by dipping it in molasses?"). In spite of being pursued by several sheriffs, McGonigle is able to keep going and see his daughter Betty happily married. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Compagni d'allegria  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

Dick Bronson: Mr. McGonigle, I've got to have some money.
The Great McGonigle: Yes, my lad, how much?
Dick Bronson: Two dollars.
The Great McGonigle: If I had two dollars, I'd start a number two company.
Dick Bronson: For two cents I'd quit.
The Great McGonigle: [to Marmaduke] Pay him off!
[Marmaduke gives him a two cent stamp]
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are in 2 parts; the first contain the actors and their character names in the film as a whole; The second contains the actors and their character names in the play, "The Drunkard." Five actors, therefore, are credited twice: W.C. Fields, Joe Morrison, Judith Allen, Samuel Ethridge and Ruth Marion. See more »

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Referenced in Six of a Kind (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, WWV 96
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by by Richard Wagner
Partially Played before McGonigle's juggling act at the opera house
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Jan Duggan as Cleopatra Pepperday
13 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree that Jan Duggan was superb in this movie. It was actually the scene that made me become a W.C. Fields fan. I would love to have an original copy of the movie. I did record it but quality is bad but not so bad that I cannot see "Cleopatra" sing and dance to "The Sea Shell Song." I think I laugh harder every time and that dress & wig could not have been any better for here character. I would even wake my children up when they were small singing this song. Of course they hated it but now that they have gotten older, they will actually ask me to sing it but I just cannot master it like Jan Duggan. I wonder if she was in anymore of his movies as I have not seen her in anything else but what a lady!


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