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I'm from the City (1938)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Western  |  5 August 1938 (USA)
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Pete Pepper (Joe Penner) is a shy, timid circus performer who is scared to death of horses, but rides like a whirlwind when he has been hypnotized by "Ollie" Finch (Richard Lane). Pete is ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Penner ...
Richard Lane ...
Lorraine Krueger ...
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Kay Sutton ...
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Ethan Laidlaw ...
Jeff, Ranch Foreman
Lafe McKee ...
Colonel Bixby (as Lafayette McKee)
Edmund Cobb ...
Red, Ranch Hand
Clyde Kenney ...
Butch, Ranch Hand (as Clyde Kinney)


Pete Pepper (Joe Penner) is a shy, timid circus performer who is scared to death of horses, but rides like a whirlwind when he has been hypnotized by "Ollie" Finch (Richard Lane). Pete is entered as a competitor in a wild-west cross-country obstacle race...and has to ride without being hypnotized. Written by Les Adams <>

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5 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eu Sou de Circo  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Billy Franey was listed as a cast member in a Hollywood Reporter production chart, but he was not seen in the film. See more »


I'm From the City
(Written for Go Chase Yourself (1938))
Music and Lyrics by Hal Raynor
Played in the score during the opening credits and at the end
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Joe Penner never made an un-funny film.
21 April 2004 | by (NYC & Cherry Grove) – See all my reviews

This may just be another low-budget comedy from RKO, but Joe Penner had a way of getting laughs regardless of the script, the cast, or any other factor.

Other than Penner, only the Three Stooges could have carried off that "yanking the rattle snake out of the ground and making it stretch like a rubber band" routine. That's not to say that Penner's work resembles the Stooges' work (which is masterful, by the way) but Penner could do it for the length of a feature film.

When you combine Penner's trademark-gaffaws with his seemingly idiotic, yet shrewd comments (like his reply to Richard Lane's backtracking: "Well, I'm glad you finally see it your way...") you can't help but appreciate the subtle way he weaves his outlandishness with rich sly humor.

This may not be the best Penner film, but for a man who only lived 38 years, evidence of his remarkably quick rise to top billing in radio, vaudeville, shorts, and feature films is very evident in this quickie-comedy.


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