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You're Telling Me! (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 18 May 1934 (France)
A hard-drinking, socially-awkward inventor wrecks his daughter's chances of marriage into a rich family and bungles his own chances of success by selling one of his more practical inventions.

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Sam Bisbee
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Pauline Bisbee
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Bob Murchison (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
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Princess Lescaboura
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Mrs. Bessie Bisbee
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Mrs. Murchison
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Caddy
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Mayor (as Del Henderson)
James B. 'Pop' Kenton ...
Doc Beebe
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Charlie Bogle (as Robert Mc Kenzie)
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Mrs. Price
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President of Tire Co.
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Sam Bisbee is an inventor whose works (e.g., a keyhole finder for drunks) have brought him only poverty. His daughter is in love with the son of the town snob. Events conspire to ruin his bullet-proof tire just as success seems near. Another of his inventions prohibits him from committing suicide, so Sam decides to go on living.. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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18 May 1934 (France)  »

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Apesar dos Pesares  »

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Trivia

Julian Street's short story, "Mr. Bisbee's Princess," won the 1925 O'Henry prize for comedy. See more »

Goofs

Rosita is brushing Princess Lescaboura's nails and after Rosita says, "But you must.", the Princess' hands are under the table. See more »

Quotes

Sam Bisbee: [to Mrs. Bisbee] My little daughter doesn't have to be in a hurry to marry anyone.
[to Pauline]
Sam Bisbee: Pick and choose, dear. Liberty is sweet. Once you're married, it's just like being in jail.
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Remake of So's Your Old Man (1926) See more »

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Sympathizin' With Me
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Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Puncture-Proof Fields
10 May 2001 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

It's not often I'll thank a TV network, but Turner Classic Movies deserves heartfelt praise for broadcasting the entire Fields canon this May & June. YOU'RE TELLING ME! has many, many hilarious setpieces and throwaway bits of business - but you'd expect that from William Claude. What might surprise you is his delicate touch when pathos and tenderness are called for. The scene on the train where a despondent Fields, playing struggling eccentric inventor Sam Bisbee, accidentally meets a travelling Princess and tries to talk her out of 'suicide' (she had no such plans...but HE did, in a moment of despair) nearly brought this cynic to tears. It's not the heavy drama of the scene that affects the viewer so much as Fields' flawless playing of it. Plot contrivance it may be, but the easy, simple grace he brings to his line readings - the small, almost imperceptible shadings of wistfulness and regret in his voice, facial expressions & body language - all give testimony to this brilliant comic actor's mastery of craft, and his ability to draw water from the well of his own loneliness. Don't misunderstand; this is a side-splitting comedy. Much of the comedy is purely visual; all of it is unforgettable. But NEVER short-count WC Fields, or confuse him with an impressionist's caricature. Where other clowns tried their damndest to make you laugh till it hurts, Fields knew his gift was to create a character forever set-upon and assaulted by a blithe, uncaring parade determined to pass him by - a man who hurt till all you can do is laugh. Well, you'll laugh all through this 65-minute model of timing and economy; but watching Fields trampled underfoot again, warily rising to his feet with no higher expectation than a brief, sweet respite before his next inevitable shellacking from the fates and furies, you might just get an idea of why they called him 'The Great Man'. Much obliged, TCM.


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