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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
Louise Carter ...
Mrs. Bessie Bisbee
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Mrs. Murchison
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Charlie Bogle (as Robert Mc Kenzie)
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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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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. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was not televised until many years afterward. See more »

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

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Sam Bisbee: [to the Princess, who he believes is contemplating suicide] When you wake up in the morning and find yourself dead, you'll regret it.
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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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Another Triumph For W. C.
9 July 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An eccentric family man is beset by seemingly insurmountable personal problems until he has a fortuitous encounter with a royal lady aboard a train.

YOU'RE TELLING ME! features the inimitable W. C. Fields in a hilarious fairy tale disguised as a domestic comedy. While there is neither magic or fantasy, there is a beautiful princess who arrives on the scene in good time to solve all of the poor hero's problems. Never mind the outlandishness of the plot, this unjustifiably obscure film gives Fields an excellent opportunity to show off some of his best routines. Whether shooting the tires on a police car, trying to control an obstreperous ostrich, or getting conked on the skull by his own wacky invention, he is never anything less than brilliant. During his initial conversation with the princess Fields portrays a surprisingly tender side to his nature completely at variance with his usual misogynistic self. These moments with a kinder, gentler W. C. are rare & very special.

The romance between Joan Marsh & Buster Crabbe is mercifully brief and does not intrude too much on the story. Adrienne Ames makes a lovely princess and plays her scenes with Fields quite nicely.

Fields' films were often populated with she-dragons, formidable females against whom he could bounce off his humor. Here he has a small gaggle to contend with: Louise Carter as his domineering wife, Kathleen Howard as an insufferably snooty society doyen and Nora Cecil & Elise Cavanna as the town gossips.

The film climaxes with Fields' wonderful golf routine, in which he must deal with manmade hazards of all sorts. Tammany Young plays his infuriatingly inept caddie.


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