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Country Gentlemen (1936)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 November 1936 (USA)
McAllister (Ole Olsen and Hamilton (Chic Johnson)are a couple of con-men who travel about the country selling worthless stock to small town citizens. THey come to Chesterville where they ... See full summary »



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Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Mary Howard


Complete credited cast:
J.D. McAllister, aka Jerome D. Hamilton
Charles Watson, aka Charlie 'Chubby' Williams
Mrs. Louise Heath
Mr. Grayson
Mr. Martin
Billy Heath
Wade Boteler ...
First Deputy
Ivan Miller ...
Harry, Second Deputy
Chief of Police
Shorty, an Investor
Joe Cunningham ...
Chuck, the Counterman
Prince ...
Fluffy (the Great Dane)


McAllister (Ole Olsen and Hamilton (Chic Johnson)are a couple of con-men who travel about the country selling worthless stock to small town citizens. THey come to Chesterville where they see a potential sucker list in the local war-veteran's home. They sell shares to the vets in a local worthless oil-field. McAllister falls in love with the widowed-owner of their hotel, Louise Heath (Lila Lee)who persuades him to give up his shady dealings. But before he can convince his partner the townspeople catch on to their scheme and decide jail is the place for them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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9 November 1936 (USA)  »

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To tossede fyre  »

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Before Chubby leaves the office, he is wearing a single-breasted jacket, but when he goes down to the car, it's a double-breasted jacket and Fluffy tears it up. Later, when the guys stop to eat, Chubby is wearing the single-breasted jacket again. See more »

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Olsen and Johnson appear after the opening title, before the full credits, opening and closing a door. See more »

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Decent, but not a film you should rush out to see...
11 June 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the third Olsen and Johnson film I have seen recently and it's quite watchable...but nothing more. If you have seen HELLZAPOPPIN (probably their best film), this film and the rest of their films are apparently nothing like it!! HELLZAPOPPIN is crazy and pushes the boundaries of film and it's a shame that they didn't make more like it. COUNTRY GENTLEMEN (and the rest of their films) are much more structured and conventional. In many ways, their films are a lot like lower budget Abbott and Costello movies--though Olsen and Johnson made most of their films before Abbott and Costello came to Hollywood. So maybe that means Abbott and Costello films are like Olsen and Johnson films.

The film begins with the team running from the law, as they'd apparently sold interests in a gold mine that didn't pay off. Unfortunately, in the next locale, their luck isn't any better and they buy an oil well...that also appears to be worthless. The problem is that the nice townspeople have just invested and when they discover the truth Olsen and Johnson will be lucky if the people in this small town don't string them up to the nearest tree!

Unfortunately, the film has a few strikes against it. First, like so many of their films, many of the jokes fall rather flat. Second, the ending is incredibly lame, as it's all way too predictable and convenient. However, in between the film is at least pleasant and breezy--especially since the DVD I found was the shortened 53 minute version. Too short? Maybe, but without the original longer version, it's hard to tell. Also, unlike the last Olsen and Johnson film I saw, ALL OVER TOWN, at least Ole Olsen doesn't use his annoying laughing shtick nearly as much. That laugh could curdle milk!!

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