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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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Complete credited cast:
Billy Farnsworth
Catherine Doucet ...
Countess Maggi Tubbs DePuizzi (as Catharine Doucet)
Attorney Eddie G. Whiffen
Mayor Farnsworth
Sarah Tucker
Bill Wolfe ...
Adrian Morris ...
Constable Bowman
Rosalind Keith ...
Frances Parker
Ralph Remley ...
Carnival Manager


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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Release Date:

19 June 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Filha do Saltimbanco  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While filming the movie, W.C. Fields regularly drank from a flask, which he insisted was only "pineapple juice." One day, however, the stagehands replaced the vodka in the flask with real pineapple juice. When Fields tasted it, he sputtered and shouted, "Who put pineapple juice in my pineapple juice?!" See more »


Professor Eustace McGargle: [in pain] Oh, they've broken my sacroiliac! Run to the nearest golf course and get a doctor!
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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 »


Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »


A Rendezvous with a Dream
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Rochelle Hudson twice
Played often in the score
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Not his best but still great
22 July 2008 | by (Vancouver,Canada) – 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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