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Earthworm Tractors (1936)

Approved | | Comedy | 17 December 1936 (Denmark)
Alexander Botts is a self-described natural born salesman and master mechanic, who is trying to make a big sale of Earthworm tractors to grouchy lumberman Johnson. Since Botts doesn't ... See full summary »

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(screen play) (as Richard Macauley), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Alexander Botts
June Travis ...
Mabel Johnson
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Sam Johnson
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Emmet McManus
Carol Hughes ...
Sally Blair
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George Healey
Olin Howland ...
Mr. Blair
Joseph Crehan ...
Mr. Henderson
Rosalind Marquis ...
Telephone Girl
Charles C. Wilson ...
H.J. Russell (as Charles Wilson)
William B. Davidson ...
Mr. Jackson (as William Davidson)
Irving Bacon ...
Taxicab Driver
Stuart Holmes ...
The Doctor
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Alexander Botts is a self-described natural born salesman and master mechanic, who is trying to make a big sale of Earthworm tractors to grouchy lumberman Johnson. Since Botts doesn't really know anything about tractors, and since the old-fashioned Johnson is opposed to tractors of any kind, it isn't going to be an easy sell. But Botts perseveres, encouraged by Johnson's daughter. Written by Snow Leopard

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17 December 1936 (Denmark)  »

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A Natural Born Salesman  »

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The name "Earthworm Tractors" is a sly reference to the Caterpillar company, whose name was copyrighted in 1911 and was prominent by the 1930s. See more »

Goofs

When Alexander first meets Mabel, her stuck car gets mud all over his clothes. He ties a rope to a taxi to pull her car. As soon as he gets into the taxi, the mud is gone from his clothes. See more »

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Alexander Botts: Mr. Healy, I'm an independent salesman. I take orders from no one.
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Mister Brown & Mister Kibbee Score Comedic Success
2 December 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Alexander C. Botts - a natural born salesman - tries to sell EARTHWORM TRACTORS to a most unwilling businessman.

Based on William Hazlett Upson's short stories for the Saturday Evening Post, this very funny, fast-paced film is an excellent vehicle for Joe E. Brown. His great rubbery face registering amusement, determination or frustration, Brown propels himself from one slapstick situation to another. His goofy antics - moving his girlfriend's house without her permission is just one of them - are genuinely hilarious.

Human pepper pot Guy Kibbee is Brown's perfect foil. Eyes bulging & voice booming, he inevitably finds himself involved in Brown's more dangerous schemes. At one point, words utterly failing him, he discovers his only possible response to Brown's incredible behavior is a quick sock on the jaw.

Mention should be made of laconic Olin Howlin, shoe polish guzzling Gene Lockhart & telephone operator Rosalind Marquis, each of whom add bright moments to the film.

Alert movie mavens will spot two humorous goofs early in the film: 1) In the first scene, when rival Dick Foran parks his car in front of pretty Carol Hughes' home, the cameraman & camera are perfectly reflected in the convertible's driver side window; 2) A little later on, Joe E. Brown's white suit is mad-splattered when he tries to extricate lovely June Travis' auto from a puddle - but when he jumps in with her moments later the fabric has miraculously laundered itself.


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