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Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)

Passed | | Comedy | 3 August 1935 (USA)
Hard-working, henpecked Ambrose Wolfinger takes off from work to go to a wrestling match with catastrophic consequences.

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Kathleen Howard ...
Leona Wolfinger
Grady Sutton ...
Claude Neselrode
Vera Lewis ...
Mrs. Neselrode
Lucien Littlefield ...
Mr. Peabody
Oscar Apfel ...
President Malloy
Lew Kelly ...
Adolph Berg
Tammany Young ...
'Willie' the Weasel
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'Legs' Garnett
Edward Gargan ...
Patrolman No.1
James Burke ...
Patrolman No.2
Carlotta Monti ...
Ambrose's Secretary
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Ambrose Wolfinger wants the afternoon off (his first in twenty-five years) to go to a wrestling match. He tells his boss that he must attend his mother-in-law's funeral. The afternoon is no joy. He tries to please a policeman, assist a chauffeur, chase a tire, and ends up getting hit by the body of a wrestler thrown from the ring. A series of mishaps leads his boss to send floral tributes to the house and notify the papers of the death (due to poisoned liquor). His shrewish wife, judgmental mother-in-law, and good-for-nothing brother-in-law add to his burdens. In the end he enjoys their fawning loyalty, a raise in pay, and his first vacation. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Flying Trapeze  »

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Trivia

Mr Wolfinger's secretary is played by Carlotta Monti, who in real life was the mistress of W.C. Fields. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Peabody looks up Ambrose Wolfinger in the phone book, he opens the book to the middle. A name beginning with "W" would be towards the end. See more »

Quotes

Hope Wolfinger: He stole that ticket out of your pocket. I despise him, Dad. The lazy, good-for-nothing, fat, overfed monkey!
Ambrose Wolfinger: He, uh, he isn't too fat.
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Remade as Andy Plays Hookey (1946) See more »

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Music and lyrics by Paul Dresser
Sung a cappella by W.C. Fields, Walter Brennan, Tammany Young and Lew Kelly
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"Dont swat flies!"
1 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tedg from Virginia Beach noted the socks scene, and I completely agree. However one important thing he may have overlooked or forgot to mention. First of all my copy comes from late night Boston TV in the 70's, how much it is cut I don't know but like the rest of you I cant wait for a good DVD copy. I also agree with fowler and others that other than the bank dick this is his finest movie, I still laugh myself silly every time I watch it. Especially the jail scene (I take the scissors). My wife and kids are sick of it and I can only find "newbies" to watch it with, but I love ALL fields. Anyway about the socks, he goes to put his socks back on to go downstairs and she is standing over him nagging at him, he puts a sock on one foot and she is making him so "nervous" that he mistakingly puts the other sock on the same foot, puts one slipper on the socked foot and when he goes to put the other slipper on he realizes he has no sock on that foot. Now he starts looking around the floor and on the bed, shes still nagging and says " What are you doing now!!" he say's I cant find my sock and on it goes. Nobody is or was as funny as WC not even the little tramp by a long shot.


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