6.7/10
127
8 user 7 critic

Doubting Thomas (1935)

A husband makes fun of his wife's theatrical aspirations when she agrees to appear in a local production. When she begins to neglect him, he decides to retaliate by also going on stage.

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In small-town America the easy-going publisher of the local paper finds himself in opposition to the local banker on the return to town of a lad jailed possibly wrongly for a theft from the... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Will Rogers, Richard Cromwell, George Barbier
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Horse trainer Steve Tapley is caught between the feuding Martingale and Shattuck families. He sides with young Nancy Martingale and her grandfather Ezra, and the feud is to be resolved by a... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Will Rogers, Dorothy Wilson, Russell Hardie
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A Louisiana con man enters his steamboat into a winner-take-all race with a rival while trying to find a witness to free his nephew, about to be hung for murder.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Will Rogers, Anne Shirley, Irvin S. Cobb
David Harum (1934)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rogers plays a small town banker in the 1890s whose chief rival is the deacon (Middleton) with whom he has traded horse flesh. Taylor is a bank teller who places a winning $4,500 bet on a ... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze
Stars: Will Rogers, Louise Dresser, Evelyn Venable
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Thomas Brown
...
Paula Brown
...
Mrs. Pampinelli
...
Mr. Spindler
Andrew Tombes ...
Huxley Hossefrosse
Gail Patrick ...
Florence McCrickett
Frances Grant ...
Peggy Burns
...
Jimmy Brown
Johnny Arthur ...
Ralph Twiller
Helen Flint ...
Nelly Fell
Fred Wallace ...
Teddy
...
LaMaze
Ruth Warren ...
Jenny
...
Von Blitzen
George Cooper ...
Stagehand
Edit

Storyline

A husband makes fun of his wife's theatrical aspirations when she agrees to appear in a local production. When she begins to neglect him, he decides to retaliate by also going on stage.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 July 1935 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Will Roger's final film. Actually, it was released after his death, being in post-production at the time. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Brown: I feel like an old lion being thrown to the Christians.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The X-Files: Three Words (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Show Must Go On
31 December 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Small-town "Brown Breakfast Sausage" manufacturer Will Rogers (as Thomas Brown) maneuvers to prevent fluttery wife Billie Burke (as Paula) from taking a role in a local play, fearing she may pursue a career as an actress. To make matters worse, their son Frank Albertson (as Jimmy) may lose pretty fiancée Frances Grant (as Peggy Burns) to the footlights. Like his dad, Mr. Albertson wants to marry a housewife. Under the direction of portly and pompous Alison Skipworth (as Mrs. Pampinelli), both women get parts in the town play - along with several other Hollywood hopefuls. Their dramatic efforts to get "discovered" by a visiting talent scout turn to comedy, but Mr. Rogers may get the last laugh…

"Doubting Thomas" was the film playing in theaters when its star's plane crashed. Thus, Will Rogers joined the list of media celebrities who died suddenly, and with obviously much more to contribute. His popularity can best be described as a combination of John Wayne and Oprah Winfrey; relative to the times, he may have been bigger. Rogers' final films were thankfully past the "creaky" transition from silent to sound, but the best of them have core ideals that are unacceptable. In this case, the message "a woman's place is in the house" is hammered home. Not a bad place to be, but everyone should be allowed to consider a career. Fortunately, Ms. Burke and the other women in the cast opted to entertain.

Other than that, the film is excellent. As always, Rogers is a natural; while presently not acknowledged as a great actor, his performance could have been envied by Spencer Tracy. Burke looks like she's influencing Betty White. All of the supporting cast is wonderful. Repeating her stage role expertly, Ms. Skipworth is worthy of a "Best Supporting Actress" award. You'll want to rewind after seeing Ms. Grant's fantastic dance; she moves her body with incredible fluidity. And, don't miss the very, very young William "Billy" Benedict as a golf caddy. The entire "production" staged by director David Butler for "director" Skipworth is hilarious, with sound-effects man Sterling Holloway (as Spindler) leading the charge.

******* Doubting Thomas (7/10/35) David Butler ~ Will Rogers, Billie Burke, Alison Skipworth, Sterling Holloway


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Doubting Thomas (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?