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The Milky Way (1936)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  7 February 1936 (USA)
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Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Verree Teasdale ...
Helen Mack ...
William Gargan ...
George Barbier ...
Dorothy Wilson ...
Marjorie Gateson ...


Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and then have the champ beat him to regain his title. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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Release Date:

7 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Milky Way  »

Box Office


$1,032,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original play opened at the Cort Theatre in New York on 8 May 1934 and closed in July 1934 after 63 performances. Burleigh Sullivan was played by Hugh O'Connell and Speed McFarland by Brian Donlevy. Another version opened in 1943 but lasted only 16 performances. See more »


As Ann Westley says, "This program is coming to you through the courtesy of Amalgamated Gas,", the word "amalgamated" does not match her lip movements and is clearly spoken by different voice. (approx. 24:55 into the film, NTSC) See more »

Crazy Credits

After the paramount logo is seen, a cow's head is superimposed on the logo. The cow then moos in what appears to be a parody of the MGM Lion's roar. See more »


Featured in Funny Side of Life (1963) See more »


A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played by the band immediately after the big fight
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Harold Lloyd Ducks in the Ring
21 May 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Mild-mannered milk truck driver Harold Lloyd (as Burleigh "Tiger" Sullivan) defends his sister against a drunken middleweight boxing champion, then is mistaken for a fighter. He can't really box, of course, but manager Adolphe Menjou (as Gabby Sloan) makes Mr. Lloyd a famous fighter by fixing fights. "The Milky Way" is neither the best nor the worst of Lloyd's talking pictures. He is given an able director, adequate vehicle, and an extended "comic" support. With his distinctive voice, Lionel Stander (as "Spider" Schultz) makes a strong impression. Some of former box office champion Lloyd's best material involved special effects, and he still looks magical performing "hat tricks" herein. Nevertheless, it's obviously not working as well as Lloyd's classic silent features.

***** The Milky Way (2/7/36) Leo McCarey ~ Harold Lloyd, Adolphe Menjou, Lionel Stander, Verree Teasdale

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