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On Again-Off Again (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 9 July 1937 (USA)
This wacky vaudeville-style romp casts the irreverent comedy team as feuding co-owners of a drug company.


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Complete credited cast:
William Hobbs
Claude Horton
Florence Cole
Gertie Green
Nettie Horton
Mr. Applegate
George Dilwig
Miss Meeker
Kitty McHugh ...
Miss Parker
Hal K. Dawson ...
Alec Harford ...
Slip Grogan
Mr. Green


This wacky vaudeville-style romp casts the irreverent comedy team as feuding co-owners of a drug company.

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Comedy | Musical






Release Date:

9 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ora, Pílulas!  »

Box Office


$214,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Robert Woolsey' was in constant pain during the filming due to a severe kidney ailment that eventually took his life in late 1938. See more »


[Horton slaps butler Hobbs in the face]
William Hobbs: What's that for?
Claude Horton: That's for calling me a mongoose.
William Hobbs: I called you that weeks ago!
Claude Horton: Well, I just saw a picture of one in a book...besides, I'm too tall for a mongoose!
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Version of A Pair of Sixes (1918) See more »


Thanks to You
Music and Lyrics by Dave Dreyer and Herman Ruby
Performed by Bert Wheeler (uncredited)
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I guess I just never cared much for this comedy duo
14 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I love comedies from the early years of cinema--such as the silents and those that immediately followed. And while I have learned to enjoy and appreciate most of them, I have never really understood the success of Wheeler and Woolsey. While their routines are very energetic, I just have never found them to be very funny or talented. I know that there are a small number of die hard fans out there somewhere that think I am an imbecile because I said this, but with so many funny comedians out there (such as Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers and many others), why watch team that is at best second-rate?

The film concerns a pill manufacturing company owned jointly by the two guys. However, in this film they can't stand each other and constantly argue. And the arguments are terrible for business and drive the employees nuts. Finally, after years of this, they decide to settle the problem--they will wrestle and the loser must be quiet and serve the other like a slave for one year. At the same time, there is a subplot involving some crooks trying to take advantage of Wheeler and Woolsey, but the two are so busy arguing that they never notice. Whether or not this reflected on the relationship the two had with each other outside of films, I have no idea.

While the idea for the film is pretty original and the film never lacks energy or enthusiasm, once again like the other films of theirs I have seen, the jokes tend to be pretty corny and often fall flat. Definitely a "poor man's version" of Laurel and Hardy or the Marx Borthers, though perhaps not as talentless and annoying as the Ritz Brothers.

The film, by the way, was directed by Eddie Cline--a veteran comedian and director of the silent days. If you ever have a chance, try to watch one of his early films--the ones I have seen were wonderful and he is a forgotten slapstick star.

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