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You're Telling Me! (1934)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  18 May 1934 (France)
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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)
Adrienne Ames ...
Princess Lescaboura
Louise Carter ...
Mrs. Bessie Bisbee
Kathleen Howard ...
Mrs. Murchison
Tammany Young ...
Caddy
Dell Henderson ...
Mayor (as Del Henderson)
James B. 'Pop' Kenton ...
Doc Beebe
Robert McKenzie ...
Charlie Bogle (as Robert Mc Kenzie)
Nora Cecil ...
Mrs. Price
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President of Tire Co.
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

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: It's a funny ol' world... Man's lucky if he gets out of it alive.
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References The Golf Specialist (1930) 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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You're Telling Me! is one of W.C. Fields' early classic comedies
28 December 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

W.C. Fields was one comedian from the movies' golden age that took me a while to like as a kid. The first time I remember laughing at him was when, in Fatal Glass of Beer, he keeps looking at the open window and saying, "And it ain't a fit night out for man nor beast!" after which snow would hit him in the face! You're Telling Me! has plenty of funny visual and verbal gems that keep the movie breezing along for little more than an hour. Among the highlights are the beginning when Mr. Fields, coming home drunk, encounters a curtain constantly along with his angry wife who keeps telling him to take off his hat and put down his shoes, his talking a princess on a train out of "suicide" after failing to attempt one himself (because of constant interruptions), his struggles with an ostrich he buys for his wife, and his golf game at the end that also gets delayed with various distractions especially from the caddy (Fields also did this routine on his talkie debut, The Golf Specialist). You're Telling Me! is one of Fields' classics that should be essential viewing for anyone wanting to be introduced to his work.


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