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Zenobia (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  21 April 1939 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Dr. Tibbett
Professor McCrackle
Mrs. Tibbett
Mrs. Carter
James Ellison ...
Jeff Carter
Mary Tibbett
June Lang ...
Olin Howland ...
Attorney Culpepper
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Stepin Fetchit ...
Zero (as Step'n Fetchit)
Dehlia (as Hattie McDaniels)
Philip Hurlic ...
Zeke (as Phillip Hurlic)
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Mr. Dover
Tommy Mack ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

21 April 1939 (USA)  »

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It's Spring Again  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film is set in 1870 in the southern post civil war state of Mississippi. The dated dialogue in the film uses the Declaration of Independence as a justification for Segregation of the races. See more »


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 »


In the Evening by the Moonlight
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by James Allen Bland
Performed by the Hall Johnson Choir at the party
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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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