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Six of a Kind (1934)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  9 February 1934 (USA)
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When a respectable middle-class couple take a cross-country trip by auto, they share expenses with a decidedly oddball couple, none of whom know the car carries embezzled funds.

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The Whinneys share expenses for their trip to Hollywood with George and Gracie and thier great Dane. A clerk in Whinney's bank has put fifty thousand dollars in a suitcase, hoping to rob Whinney on the road, but instead Whinney takes another road and is himself arrested in Nevada. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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In "Six of a Kind" Fields refers to a woman named McGonigle. He would later take that name for his character in "The Old-Fashioned Way" later the same year. The actor had also used the names McGargle in "Sally of the Sawdust" in 1925 and its 1937, remake "Poppy." See more »

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George Burns' character Name is shown onscreen as "George Edward", but "Edwards" is consistently spoken as his surname. See more »

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Mrs. K. Rumford: Now, listen to me, Honest John, why do you drink so much?
Nuggetville Sheriff 'Honest John' Hoxley: Because I like it.
Mrs. K. Rumford: Everything you like to do is wrong.
Nuggetville Sheriff 'Honest John' Hoxley: According to you, everything I like to do is either illegal, immoral. or fattening.
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Enjoyable anachronism . . . with one classic sequence
6 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Comedy can date more rapidly than drama, generally. Certainly, the comedy of Burns and Allen (while still unique) is of its era. In fact, they perfected their act in their 50s TV series -- which is still delightful if you can find it.

But the value of "Six of a Kind" is more an artifact of particular players forever captured on film. Mary Boland is always excellent and she's wonderful here (but at her best a few years later in "The Women"). Charlie Ruggles essentially played the same role all his career and nobody plays Charlie Ruggles better. Alison Skipworth is barely utilized at all, here.

It's the preservation of W.C. Fields' immortal "Honest John" routine from vaudeville that earns "Six of a Kind" its place in film history. It's difficult to imagine how this routine worked from the distance of a stage. But on film it's a miracle of comic construction, timing, delivery and skill (yes he actually ricochets that billiard ball off the far end of the table where it bounces back and hits his forehead). The routine is hypnotic and hysterical, and perfectly pitched for film.


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