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Release Date:
22 August 1936 (USA) See more »
WHEN CUPID'S STUPID - HUGH COMES THROUH! Leave it to Hugh Herbert to teach the youngsters something new about love! He's a panic as the head of the looniest family you're ever met! See more »
Horatio Gillingwater, a hen-pecked husband of long standing, takes up boozing and begins to wear the family pants and take charge of family matters, including aiding the romance of his daughter, Lois, with Jerry Wayne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Hugh Herbert ... Horatio Gillingwater
Patricia Ellis ... Lois Gillingwater
Warren Hull ... Jerry Wayne
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Jacob 'Jake' Buckley
Dorothy Vaughan ... Evalina 'Evie' Gillingwater
Clarence Wilson ... Jonathan Ramp
Robert Gleckler ... Gangster Mugsy O'Bannion, aka Harold McCauley
Mary Treen ... Alice Gillingwater
Anne Nagel ... Miss Perkins, Ramp's Secretary
Arthur Aylesworth ... Justice Felton
Sol Gorss ... Jim, a Bank Robber
Henry Otho ... Lumpy, a Bank Robber
Max Wagner ... Lester, O'Bannion's Driver
Tom Brower ... Sheriff Bert Hanson
Milton Kibbee ... Wilbur, Detective (as Milt Kibbee)
Tom Wilson ... Fred, Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariska Aldrich ... Cook (uncredited)
George Beranger ... Eddie, Office Worker (uncredited)
Frank Bull ... Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
Tommy Bupp ... Boy on Streetcar (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Jack, Detective (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Joe, Lodge Clerk (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... Detective (uncredited)
Walter Downing ... Lodge Member (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Jailer (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Boy on Streetcar (uncredited)
Harry K. Morgan ... Drunken Lodge Member (uncredited)
George Ovey ... Gatekeeper at Lodge Meeting (uncredited)
Lee Prather ... Policeman with Jailer (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bert Ross ... Lodge Member (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Jonathan, Lodge Member with Cigar (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Policeman at Jail (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Man Yelling from Window (uncredited)
Perc Teeple ... Lodge Member (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Bank Cashier (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank McDonald 
Writing credits
Martin Flavin (play "Broken Dishes")

Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) and
Tom Reed (screenplay)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Howard Jackson 
Cinematography by
George Barnes 
Film Editing by
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
Art Direction by
Hugh Reticker 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Warner Bros. (1936) (USA) (theatrical) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.)

Additional Details

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58 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2160)

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Hugh Herbert as W.C. Fields, 21 March 2008
Author: boblipton from New York City

Warner Brothers provides us with another one-hour B picture, with almost exactly the same plot as W.C. Field's THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE. Hugh Herbert is quite enjoyable in the lead, but I enjoy Hugh Herbert and his pixilated little men; his drunk scene with Hobart Cavanaugh is excellent. Dorothy Vaughn is fine as his shrew of a wife -- if you close your eyes, you may think you're listening to Marjorie Main. But Patricia Ellis is very stiff as the ingénue and the third act clearly rushes to make it through the end on the one-hour mark.

Completists should note that this is an early credit for Dalton Trumbo. Do not, however, expect any moments of drama or depth.

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