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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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Complete credited cast:
Alexander Botts
Mabel Johnson
Sam Johnson
Emmet McManus
Sally Blair
George Healey
Mr. Blair
Mr. Henderson
Rosalind Marquis ...
Telephone Girl
H.J. Russell (as Charles Wilson)
Mr. Jackson (as William Davidson)
Taxicab Driver
Stuart Holmes ...
The Doctor


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)  »

Also Known As:

A Natural Born Salesman  »

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Actress Sarah Edwards, while listed in preview credits and shown in at least one still from "Earthworm Tractors" as Mrs. Blair, was cut from final release prints. Others listed in studio records but not in the print are Cliff Saum (Freight Agent/Bell Boy), Jack Richardson (Clerk), Sam Flint (Hotel Manager), Victoria Vinton (Secretary), Phil Ryley (Aquarium Porter) and Evelyn Birwill. See more »


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 »


Sam Johnson: Mabel, where's Tibet?
[He pronounces it "TIB-bit."]
Mabel Johnson: It's in Asia, Dad.
Sam Johnson: That's right. I didn't think you knew.
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Very Good 30's-Style Comedy
3 July 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Earthworm Tractors" is a very good 30's-style comedy, with pleasantly silly main characters and a story designed to set up some good comic sequences. It's the kind of movie that can easily come out badly if not done with some skill, but this one is done nicely and it works.

Joe E. Brown plays Alexander Botts, a self-described born salesman and master mechanic, whose real talent is for getting in over his head. His attempts to make a big sale of tractors to grumpy, old-fashioned lumberman Johnson (Guy Kibbee) lead him into one disaster after another. Much of it is stock humor, but it is pleasantly done, and there are some particularly funny sequences of the tractor rampaging out of control. Kibbee and Brown are both good, giving deliberately exaggerated performances that work well. It's mostly a two-man show, but the rest of the cast does well when called on.

Anyone who likes comedies of the era should enjoy this film. It's very pleasant, and at times is hilarious.

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