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Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  3 August 1935 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

3 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Flying Trapeze  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last film directed by Clyde Bruckman. Although Bruckman's name appears on the credit, this film was actually directed by W.C. Fields, who took over after Bruckman had to quit early in the shoot due to the effects of his alcoholism. This is the only film on which Fields technically worked as his own director. 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 »

Soundtracks

On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away
(1897) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Paul Dresser
Sung a cappella by W.C. Fields, Walter Brennan, Tammany Young and Lew Kelly
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A Great Comedy
22 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Without a doubt a comedy classic. The last and only time I saw it was over twenty years ago and the laughs still stay with me. Does anyone know of any way to get this movie on video? Will it ever be available? What's the reason for the holdup???

UPDATE: May 2007 -- Great news -- this gem is now available on DVD. It is as funny now as when I saw it decades ago. I don't remember it being so short -- it is only 65 minutes -- but those are hilarious minutes. WC Fields is a genius! The entire cast is perfect. The interaction with his family is just terrific. I especially like the scenes with Fields and the woman playing his daughter -- they were very touching. This is a MUST SEE film!


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