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Writers:
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Release Date:
3 August 1935 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Hard-working, henpecked Ambrose Ambrose Wolfinger takes off from work to go to a wrestling match with catastrophic consequences. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"St Nick," Wc Fields, Cine las Americas, More
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The Forgotten: Fields Forever
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Mix Tape: "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" in It Happened One Night
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Cast

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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)
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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)

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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 »
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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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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Another W.C. Fields Classic Comedy, 8 September 2001
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

Ambrose Wolfinger, memory expert & severely henpecked husband, sometimes feels like he's going to lose his grasp on life and fall into very deep trouble - kind of like that old MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE.

W.C. Fields was at a lofty point in his career when he appeared in this hilarious little comedy. The second highest paid star at Paramount - only Mae West received more - he had just returned from MGM where he was featured as Wilkins Micawber in the all-star version of DAVID COPPERFIELD. Ill health would soon begin to stalk him again as a result of his dipsomania, but here he was wonderfully whimsical, whether dealing with spiteful in-laws, bullying traffic cops or bungling burglars in the cellar. With a handful of performances like this, Fields was to take permanent possession of a unique place in American film history.

Playing the two she-dragons Fields must face & fight are Kathleen Howard as his wife, and elderly Vera Lewis as her mother. Both excellent actresses, their scenes are waspish & wickedly funny and it is easy to see how together they could drive a normal male to distraction. It is unfortunate that these two skilled ladies are now nearly forgotten.

Grady Sutton is well cast as Fields' indolent, pouting brother-in-law; his comeuppance is richly deserved. That's Walter Brennan & Tammany Young as the crooning crooks who find themselves far from the banks of the Wabash.

It is interesting to note that the two women in the film who vigorously defend Fields also had close relationships with him outside the Studio. Mary Brian, as his daughter, was a longtime friend & neighbor of Fields. They had appeared together in the silent version of the story - RUNNING WILD - and Fields insisted on her inclusion in the talkie remake. Carlotta Monti, as Fields' faithful secretary, was also his longtime mistress. A part of his life for many years, she was at his side when he died on Christmas Day, 1946.

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