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Chicken Wagon Family (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 August 1939 (USA)
Addie Fippany, her father Jean Paul Batiste Fippany, her mother Josephine and her sister Cecile roam the country-side in a mule-drawn wagon, trading trinkets to farmers for chickens which ... See full summary »

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Addie Fippany
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Jean Paul Batiste Fippany
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Cecile Fippany
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Josephine Fippany
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Matt Hibbard
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Henri Fippany
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Addie Fippany, her father Jean Paul Batiste Fippany, her mother Josephine and her sister Cecile roam the country-side in a mule-drawn wagon, trading trinkets to farmers for chickens which they sell in the cities. Addie and her father love the care-free life, but Mrs. Fippany and Cecile want to settle down in New York City. As soon as the "chicken wagon family" reaches New York, Addie gets into mischief and a policeman, Matt Hibbard, helps her and falls in love with Cecile. He helps the family settle into a deserted firehouse which is up for public sale. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Acting more like the adult than adults....
3 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While there are a few amusing moments in this story of a family selling chicken from their wagon (which also doubles as their home), they can't help but reveal that the film is utterly non-sensical. At first, all is fine as they travel through the countryside, but when the family winds up in the Big Apple, all realism flies out the window. Jane Withers is given another "Miss Fix It" part as she strives desperately to keep her family together. Actually, the chicken they sell is purchased by them through trading, and in one sequence a little black boy tries to obtain items through the trading of one egg. Leo Carrillo, as the family patriarch, paints spots on one of the chickens he wishes to obtain to make it appear that a whole group of chickens are infected with chicken pox! In New York, the families' problems explode into bigger problems due to their lack of finances and apparent theft, and Withers must find her missing father. The romantic problems of older sister Marjorie Weaver veer the plot even further off course, making the whole mess of a movie seem truly convoluted. Spring Byington, as the mother, speaks with a strange accent, and is basically wasted. More plot line nonsense involving the auction of bathtubs just becomes another eye-rolling moment. As Withers neared the end of her 20th Century Fox contract, it appeared that with her baby face changing into an awkward pre-teen look, it would be hard for her to transform her screen image to keep her appeal. Fortunately, she'd wisely take on character parts, but unfortunately, the last of her Fox films were disappointments when compared to her earlier work.


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