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Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  3 August 1935 (USA)
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Hard-working, henpecked Ambrose 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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3 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'homme sur le trapèze volant  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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

Adolph Berg: [after throwing Wolfinger to free himself from a wrestling hold] Did I hurt yuh?
Ambrose Wolfinger: How could you hurt anybody throwing them on their head?
[In pain]
Ambrose Wolfinger: Oh, dear! Oh. oh. oh!
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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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One that most Fields Fan would want to buy.....
28 March 2001 | by (Carol Stream, IL) – See all my reviews

This is one film that most W C Fields Fans would want to buy--if it were available on video from Universal, the video source that has the deepest, darkest vaults in the video business. What Universal is not releasing (among many other Fields films) is a saga of Fields in his "Henpecked Husband" role as an office manager who has the answers to everything in the interior of his massive roll top desk. He is unappreciated by his wife, mother-in-law, and do nothing step-son, but loved by his grown daughter--a reoccuring theme in many of his movies. All he wants to do is take the afternoon off to go to the wrestling match, and being a loyal employee who does not want to offend his boss, thinks of an excuse to leave for the day. From here his day goes downhill. Does he ever see the match? Try to turn on the television and see this film, if it ever shows up on the major film "networks". Or, just pray for Universal to release this film on video. It's a great Fields film. Don't miss it if you can!


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