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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?


Edward Peple's play, "A Pair of Sixes," opened at Broadway's Longacre Theatre in New York City on 17 March 1914 and closed in September 1914 after 207 performances, The opening night cast included Maude Eburne and Hale Hamilton. See more »


William Hobbs: I'm just beginning to realize what a racket this butlering is. Why don't you become a butler? The rest'll do you good.
Claude Horton: Hobbs, as your master, I insist that you be miserable!
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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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14 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a Wheeler and Woolsey fan, I have run across a few people here and there who cannot stomach W&W at all. While the duo can be an acquired taste in general, I would imagine if this movie was my first exposure to W&W, I probably would not have looked too much further into their work. This is not a good vehicle and they seem a little tired in general. Possibly explained by Woolsey's health issue mentioned in the trivia section.

We start with the concept of the duo as enemies. Half the fun of a Wheeler and Woolsey film is watching them get out of trouble together. They occasionally stab each other in the back, but the underlying friendship is always there. From the start of On Again, Off Again, they are at odds, and their cinematic chemistry suffers as well. The comedy seems more forced than madcap.

The plot has them owning a big pharmaceutical company, but since they argue all the time, nothing gets done. They decide to wrestle for ownership of the company. Loser becomes the winners servant for a year. There have been worse premises, but this just goes nowhere.

Luckily, their next and final film, High Flyers, would end the duo's film career on a better note. Woolsey seems more like himself in that one and does some sublime dancing.

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