A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ...
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Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when... See full summary »
Larson E. Whipsnade runs a seedy circus which is perpetually in debt. His performers give him nothing but trouble, especially Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Meanwhile, Whipsnade's son ... See full summary »
Edward F. Cline
A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, depending on your mood, but it's quite possibly the funniest movie ever made, and becomes even funnier with subsequent viewings.Written by
Writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz was inspired to write this film by the wild events of the 1928 Olympic games held in Amsterdam, particularly by an Albanian pole-vaulter who took to the field wearing a pair of goatskin shorts. See more »
The film depicts a mile-long race at the 1932 Olympics. In 1932, as today, all Olympic track events were run over metric distances, including the so-called "metric mile" of 1,500 meters. See more »
Gee, terrific. What a marvelous country. Say, I'll bet you if they laid all the athletes end-to-end here, why, they reach...
Four hundred and eight-four miles.
How do you know?
We did it once.
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On this date Oct 13, Universal released this film on video. Besides WC Fields there are a host of well-known comedians who contribute to the merriment found in this film. Susan Fleming (the future Mrs Harpo Marx) plays WC Fields' daughter. Also there is Lyda Roberti A very sexy Femme Fatale. This film has many laughs packed into its short 62 minute length. Guaranteed well over a laugh a minute. this film is not to be missed by anyone who is a fan of The Great Man.
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