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Poppy (1936)

Passed | | Comedy | 19 June 1936 (USA)
Carny con artist and snake-oil salesman Eustace McGargle tries to stay one step ahead of the sheriff but is completely devoted to his beloved daughter Poppy.

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Countess Maggi Tubbs DePuizzi (as Catharine Doucet)
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Frances Parker
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Poppy, daughter of carnival medicine salesman Professor McGargle, falls in love with the Mayor's son. Countess Maggie Tubbs DePuizzi is claimant to the Putnam estates, but McGargle and lawyer Wiffen plot to make Poppy claim the fortune. Wiffen and the Countess double-cross the Professor, but kindly Sarah Tucker notices a resemble between Poppy and the deceased Mrs. Putnam. It turns out that McGargle adopted the girl, she is the rightful heir, the purported Countess is only a showgirl, and every one has a happy ending. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A Filha do Saltimbanco  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

W.C. Fields broke a vertebra during the filming and was in such pain that he fainted after walking out of camera range after filming the final scene. See more »

Quotes

Billy Farnsworth: My father is the mayor of the town; I'm his son.
Billy Farnsworth: What a coincidence.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with a shot of a flower blooming, with the title "Poppy" emerging from the flower as it blooms. The flower motif continues through the rest of the opening credits. See more »

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Referenced in The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005) See more »

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Pop Goes the Weasel
(1853) (uncredited)
Music anonymous
Arranged by Charles Twiggs (1859)
Played by W.C. Fields on a homemade string instrument
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Not his best but still great
22 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

The devoted daughter is the only Fields stock plot left from previous films It's A Gift , You're Telling Me, there's no nagging wife and annoying in-laws here. For that reason the film suffers slightly in comparison, it really drags when Fields isn't in it and the audience is left with his daughter's romance with a local schmuck, or worse the same waltz song sung twice. Also it is clear as others have mentioned Fields isn't completely on his game due to back problems which may have led him to drink more. Still, for Fields fans there is plenty to enjoy here especially the croquet sequence, his recurring encounter with a previous dupe, and an attempt at playing a kind of violin. Enough laughs to make up for the lulls.


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