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The Old Fashioned Way (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 13 July 1934 (USA)
The Great McGonigle and his troupe of third-rate vaudevillians manage to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors and the sheriff.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Great McGonigle / Squire Cribbs in 'The Drunkard'
... Wally Livingston / William Dowton in 'The Drunkard'
... Albert Pepperday
... Betty McGonigle / Agnes Dowton in the 'The Drunkard'
... Cleopatra Pepperday
Tammany Young ... Marmaduke Gump
... Mrs. Wendelschaffer
... Dick Bronson
Samuel Ethridge ... Bartley Neuville / Edward Middleton / The Drunkard in 'The Drunkard'
Ruth Marion ... Agatha Sprague / Mary Wilson in 'The Drunkard'
... Sheriff of Barnesville
Larry Grenier ... Drover Stevens in 'The Drunkard'
William Blatchford ... Landlord in 'The Drunkard'
Jeffrey Williams ... Mrs. Arden Renclelaw in 'The Drunkard'
Donald Brown ... The Minister in 'The Drunkard'
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The Great McGonigle's traveling theatrical troupe are staying at a boarding house. They are preparing to put on a production of "The Drunkard" (and do so during this movie). Cleopatra Pepperday puts up money for the show provided she can have a part ("Here comes the prince!"). Little Albert Wendelschaffer torments McGonigle all through lunch ("How can you hurt a watch by dipping it in molasses?"). In spite of being pursued by several sheriffs, McGonigle is able to keep going and see his daughter Betty happily married. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. By this time sponsor interest in the already long dead Fields was at its lowest ebb, and telecasts were few and far between. Its earliest documented airings took place in Seattle Thursday 26 February 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7) and in Minneapolis Saturday 22 August 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11). It was released on DVD 20 March 2007 as one of 5 titles in the W.C. Fields Comedy Collection Volume 2, and again 4 June 2013 as one of 10 titles in Universal's W.C. Fields Comedy Favorites Collection and has also enjoyed an occasional airing on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Quotes

The Great McGonigle: [In character in "The Drunkard," the play-within-a play] It ain't a fit night out for man or beast!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are in 2 parts; the first contain the actors and their character names in the film as a whole; The second contains the actors and their character names in the play, "The Drunkard." Five actors, therefore, are credited twice: W.C. Fields, Joe Morrison, Judith Allen, Samuel Ethridge and Ruth Marion. See more »

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References The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) See more »

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When You and I Were Young, Maggie
(1866) (uncredited)
Music by J.A. Butterfield
Played during the opening credits
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Comedy classic
31 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this film at least a dozen times over the past half century and never tire of it. Fields is at his best, and the movie is hilarious. It ranks with You're Telling Me, It's A Gift, The Bank Dick, and My Little Chickadee. It seems incredible that this film gem has not appeared in either VHS or DVD. But such is the blockheadedness of the ruling powers in the media these days.


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