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Poppy (1936)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  19 June 1936 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Prof. Eustace P. McGargle
Rochelle Hudson ...
Poppy
Richard Cromwell ...
Billy Farnsworth
Catherine Doucet ...
Countess Maggi Tubbs DePuizzi (as Catharine Doucet)
Lynne Overman ...
Attorney Eddie G. Whiffen
Granville Bates ...
Mayor Farnsworth
Maude Eburne ...
Sarah Tucker
Bill Wolfe ...
Adrian Morris ...
Constable Bowman
Rosalind Keith ...
Frances Parker
Ralph Remley ...
Carnival Manager
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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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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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 7, 1938 with W.C. Fields reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Professor Eustace McGargle: My little plum, I am like Robin Hood. I take from the rich and I give to the poor.
Poppy: What poor?
Professor Eustace McGargle: Us poor is right.
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Version of Sally of the Sawdust (1925) See more »

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Poppy
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederck Hollander)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Played during the opening credits and Sung by an unidentified chorus
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Fields' Comedy Enlivens Pedestrian Film
13 August 2001 | by (Murray Hill, NJ) – See all my reviews

When POPPY was filmed, W.C. Fields was in poor health. Suffering from back pain, he had to wear a kind of corset to keep his back straight. His condition was aggravated when he fell off a bicycle during shooting, fracturing a vertebra. This apparently accounts for Fields' relatively limited screen time, despite his top billing. But when he does appear, he shows no signs of illness. Indeed his humorously iconoclastic personality dominates the film.

It is a blessing that Fields is in this film at all. Without him, POPPY would be forgettable. The late 19th century settings, particularly a carnival locale, are pleasing to the eye. Director Edward Sutherland imbues this milieu with pastoral charm, evoking a nostalgia for a simpler, more innocent time. Never mind if that time wasn't actually as rosy as this film indicates.

Alas, the charming period atmosphere cannot enhance the tired scenario. The romance between Poppy (Rochelle Hudson), a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and Billy Farnsworth (Richard Cromwell), a boy from a wealthy and prestigious family, was old hat even in 1936. Hudson is bland and Cromwell is wooden, so one feels little empathy toward them.

Fields rescues POPPY from tedium. As Poppy's guardian Professor Eustace McGargle, he flimflams his way through everything. His larcenousness provide for some wonderful routines that elevates the film to classic comedy such as when he cons a bartender (Wade Boteler) into purchasing a "talking" dog and when he tries to get hot dogs for himself and Poppy without paying. These bits remain in one's memory after the love story is forgotten. Fields also reveals a tender, avuncular side in his intimate moments with Hudson. One understands her dedication to him, despite his crookedness.

POPPY does not rank among Fields' best work. But it demonstrates his greatness not only in that he rises above ordinary material, but that he vigorously soldiers throughout his scenes despite his real life ailments.


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