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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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Alexander Botts
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Mabel Johnson
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Sam Johnson
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Emmet McManus
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Sally Blair
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George Healey
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Mr. Blair
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Mr. Henderson
Rosalind Marquis ...
Telephone Girl
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H.J. Russell (as Charles Wilson)
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Mr. Jackson (as William Davidson)
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Taxicab Driver
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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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Trivia

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

In the opening shot, the cameraman can be seen reflected in Dick Foran's car window. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Botts: Mr. Healy, I'm an independent salesman. I take orders from no one.
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The world premier.

The world premier of this movie was held in Peoria Illinois in 1936. Peoria is the home of Caterpillar tractor company on which the Earthworm tractor was loosely based. The movie referred to Peoria being the base for Earthworm Tractor Co. Joe E. Brown attended the premier and the street in front of the Madison theater was packed. It was also one of the hottest nights of the season.


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