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Zenobia (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 April 1939 (USA)
A modest country doctor in the antebellum South has to contend with his daughter's upcoming marriage and an affectionate medicine show elephant.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Tibbett
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Professor McCrackle
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Mrs. Tibbett
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Mrs. Carter
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Jeff Carter
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Mary Tibbett
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Virginia
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Attorney Culpepper
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Judge
Stepin Fetchit ...
Zero (as Step'n Fetchit)
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Dehlia (as Hattie McDaniels)
Philip Hurlic ...
Zeke (as Phillip Hurlic)
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Mr. Dover
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Sheriff
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Butcher
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Storyline

A southern country doctor is called on by a visiting circus man to cure his sick elephant. After the doctor heals the grateful beast, the elephant becomes so attached to him that it starts to follow him everywhere. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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She Brought a New Kind of Love to the South! See more »

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Comedy

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21 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's Spring Again  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 15 August 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 17 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Tibbett: Oh, Zeke, where are you?
Zeke: Here I is.
Dr. Tibbett: You get the boots shined?
Zeke: Ya sah
Dr. Tibbett: Oh, that's fine. Let's put 'em on.
Zeke: Dr. Tibbett, will I ever turn white?
Dr. Tibbett: Oh, I'm afraid not, Zeke. Why?
Zeke: Well, I'm never gonna be nothin' else 'cept just what I am, only bigger?
Dr. Tibbett: Well, what's wrong with being just what you are?
Zeke: Just that all the other little boys around, they can go to parties, like the party tonight. Cause they're white. And I can't, cause I'm not.
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Referenced in Of Mice and Men (1939) See more »

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I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
(1843) (uncredited)
From the operetta "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe
Lyrics by Alfred Bunn
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Unique one time partnership
6 November 2005 | by (Lewiston, ME) – See all my reviews

For those looking for the magic of Laurel and Hardy, "Zenobia" offers an alternative that occurred because of Laurel's contract negotiations. Made the same year as "Gone With The Wind", Zenobia takes place in a time before the Civil War, where a small Southern plantation town at peace, is disrupted when the excitable traveling promoter (Harry Langdon), seeks aid for his ailing partner. A beloved country doctor (Oliver Hardy) is surprised and resists, but is coerced into treating a fully grown elephant for a terrible condition. Proving that a good deed never goes unpunished for Hardy, the patient, attempting to say 'thanks', relentlessly follows the good doctor and there is no place to hide, not even a formal social gathering. With the town in an uproar and his wife (Billie Burke) embarrassed at the spectacle, Dr Tibbetts is the focus of laughter, ridicule and a lawsuit. Twelve year old Philip Hurlic turns in a memorable performance that needs to be seen in the context of today.

Langdon is little known by most and seems very much like Buster Keaton, but just a bit more shy. Although, Langdon is not as appreciated for his works as Stan and Ollie, his touching performance in "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp!" when he meets Joan Crawford, the girl of his dreams, face to face for the first time is something to behold. If you can look past Laurel's absence in this rare partnership, Zenobia will have you laughing at a moment in time when fate put two funny men and an elephant on a collision course. On such paths they prove there is just no dignified way to get around a loving elephant.


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