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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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Billy Farnsworth
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Countess Maggi Tubbs DePuizzi (as Catharine Doucet)
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Attorney Eddie G. Whiffen
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Mayor Farnsworth
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Sarah Tucker
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Constable Bowman
Rosalind Keith ...
Frances Parker
Ralph Remley ...
Carnival Manager
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Storyline

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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19 June 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Filha do Saltimbanco  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because of Fields' poor health during the filming of Poppy, Johnny Sinclair, his stunt double, in a plastic mask did all of his long shots and many of the shots in which Fields had to move quickly, crawl, etc. In fact, it is estimated that Sinclair did 75% of Fields' shots with Field's himself doing only 25%. Stills of Sinclair standing in for Fields were "embargoed" by the producers, but it is rumored that a few sneaked out of the studio. 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 »

Connections

Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played by an unidentified pianist on a calliope
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Poppy and W.C. Fields!
19 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this film, W.C. Fields who was one of the great elder comedians of his time plays a carnival performer. He and his daughter, Poppy, arrive in town. It's there that Poppy falls in love with the town's most eligible handsome bachelor. It's a mutual attraction but her breeding and heritage is not attractive. Poppy is a carnival girl who was raised by her father and traveled from town to town with the carnival. She certainly wouldn't get approved by the local society. Anyway, there are tricks and turns that changes everything without spoiling it. W.C. Fields was a comic genius on stage and in film before television. He was one of the great legends that came to film in his winter of his career. Even though, the cast is first rate but the writing is weak. Anyway it's entertaining and unforgettable. Watch W.C. Fields performing is a timeless treasure.


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