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Writers:
Ray Harris (screen play) and
Sam Hardy (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
3 August 1935 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Hard-working, henpecked Ambrose Wolfinger takes off from work to go to a wrestling match with catastrophic consequences. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(5 articles)
"St Nick," Wc Fields, Cine las Americas, More
 (From MUBI. 23 April 2011, 6:56 AM, PDT)

The Forgotten: Fields Forever
 (From MUBI. 21 April 2011, 5:42 AM, PDT)

Mix Tape: "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" in It Happened One Night
 (From FilmExperience. 19 March 2011, 12:00 PM, PDT)

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Absolutely One of W.C. Fields' Best See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

W.C. Fields ... Ambrose Wolfinger

Mary Brian ... Hope Wolfinger
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

Walter Brennan ... 'Legs' Garnett
Edward Gargan ... Patrolman No.1
James Burke ... Patrolman No.2
Carlotta Monti ... Ambrose's Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Aylesworth ... Night Court Judge (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Court Officer (uncredited)
Mickey Bennett ... Office Employee (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Timekeeper (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Passing Motorist (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
David Clyde ... J. Farnsworth Wallaby (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Street Cleaner (uncredited)
Keith Daniels ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Miss Dickson (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Motorcar Owner (uncredited)
Harry Ekezian ... Hookalakah Meshobbab (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Henry - Chauffeur (uncredited)
George B. French ... Clerk (uncredited)
Tor Johnson ... Tosoff - Wrestler (uncredited)

Florence Lawrence ... (uncredited)
Robert Littlefield ... Neighbor with Correct Time (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Mickey McMasters ... Referee (uncredited)
Charles Morris ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Officer (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Joe Sawyer ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Eddie Sturgis ... Bystander at Arena Gate (uncredited)
Albert Taylor ... Clerk (uncredited)

Rosemary Theby ... Helpful Passerby (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Italian Woman in Ambulance (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Homicidal Maniac in Cell (uncredited)
Dorothy Ward ... Information Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Clyde Bruckman 
W.C. Fields (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Ray Harris (screen play) and
Sam Hardy (screen play)

W.C. Fields (from a story by) (as Charles Bogle) and
Sam Hardy (from a story by)

Jack Cunningham  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Frank Griffin  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
John Sinclair  contributor to special sequences (uncredited)
Bobby Vernon  contributor to special sequences (uncredited)

Produced by
William LeBaron .... producer
Henry Herzbrun .... executive producer (uncredited)
Adolph Zukor .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Alfred Gilks (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
A. Earl Hedrick (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tom Satterfield .... composer: incidental music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Dorothy White .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
66 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #945) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Mr Wolfinger's secretary is played by Carlotta Monti, who in real life was the mistress of W.C. Fields.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
On the Banks of the Wabash, Far AwaySee more »

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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely One of W.C. Fields' Best, 5 March 2006
Author: tobytylersf from San Francisco, CA, United States

This was one of W.C. Fields' favorite films, and in fact was closest to his own family situation, or at least his version of it. It also reprises many of his skits worked out with the writer J.P. McEvoy, which he also replays in It's A Gift and other W.C. Fields' movies of the domestic type, like The Bank Dick.

I love this movie; it contains much of the actual W.C. Fields. The son, Claude, for example. W.C. Fields' and Hattie Fields, his wife, were estranged while their son, William Claude, Jr., grew up. Fields believed, according to biographers, including his grandson, that his wife turned his son against him. He always believed that if he'd had a daughter, she would be a more loyal child. In this movie, the son, Claude, is awful to him, while the daughter, Hope (!), is loyal and loving.

The gags fly: "How can you hurt a person by throwing him on his head?" "It must be hard to lose your mother-in-law." "Yes, it is, almost impossib-, um, yes." Or my favorite exchange, the most brilliantly poignant comment on an unhappy marriage, I think, ever portrayed in a movie. "Is your toast warm, Dad?" "No, dear, it's cold. But it's all right. I've been eating cold toast now for eight years; I like it." All the while looking as miserable as anyone ever could. God, he was brilliant.

There's also the sense that Ambrose, the character The Great Silly plays, is someone lost in a world that he doesn't understand. The scene where instead of the burglars, HE is the one sent to jail. Or the scene where he's parked in a no parking zone, and the painful exchanges with the cop, the chauffeur, etc. Or when he loses the car's wheel and chases it down the hill, over the dale, down the railroad tracks, barely escaping death twice.

His actual mistress (W.C. and Hattie, Catholics, never divorced), Carlotta Monti, plays his secretary, and is the one who explains that her mother is good friends with Hookalakah Meshobbab, somehow without howling with laughter.

Ah, what a film, and it's a disgrace that it's not on DVD yet.

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