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Earthworm Tractors (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  17 December 1936 (Denmark)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Alexander Botts
June Travis ...
Mabel Johnson
Guy Kibbee ...
Sam Johnson
Dick Foran ...
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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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 »

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In the opening shot, the cameraman can be seen reflected in Dick Foran's car window. 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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29 July 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Joe E. Brown was the star of some of these short films produced by Warner Bros. Mr. Brown was an excellent comedy actor, as can be appreciated in "Earthworm Tractors". The film relies on its star to be the center of the action in this funny movie that shows Mr. Brown's talents under the direction of Ray Enright.

The film has some amazing sequences that makes the viewer wonder how were they executed because in those days the special effects technology wasn't that much developed. The first one involves Alexander Botts (Joe E. Brown) give the prospective client, Sam Johnson (Guy Kibbee) a demonstration and we watch the tractor practically destroy everything in sight! The second one is at the end of the film and again, Alexander takes the scared Mr. Johnson to a place where dynamite is being used to clear the area and we watch in disbelief how Botts make it through a suspended bridge that keeps shedding its base as he goes up, an amazing feat for 1936.

Joe E. Brown gives an incredible performance. The supporting cast, June Travis, Guy Kibbee, Charles Wilson, Carol Hughes and Dick Foran, among others, are also good.

Catch it whenever is shown on cable. It's always a pleasure to see Joe E. Brown on the screen.


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