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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.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Garnett Weston (screenplay), Jack Cunningham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
W.C. Fields ... The Great McGonigle / Squire Cribbs in 'The Drunkard'
Joe Morrison ... Wally Livingston / William Dowton in 'The Drunkard'
Baby LeRoy ... Albert Pepperday
Judith Allen ... Betty McGonigle / Agnes Dowton in the 'The Drunkard'
Jan Duggan ... Cleopatra Pepperday
Tammany Young ... Marmaduke Gump
Nora Cecil ... Mrs. Wendelschaffer
Jack Mulhall ... Dick Bronson
Samuel Ethridge Samuel Ethridge ... Bartley Neuville / Edward Middleton / The Drunkard in 'The Drunkard'
Ruth Marion Ruth Marion ... Agatha Sprague / Mary Wilson in 'The Drunkard'
Richard Carle ... Sheriff of Barnesville
Larry Grenier Larry Grenier ... Drover Stevens in 'The Drunkard'
William Blatchford William Blatchford ... Landlord in 'The Drunkard'
Jeffrey Williams Jeffrey Williams ... Mrs. Arden Renclelaw in 'The Drunkard'
Donald Brown Donald Brown ... The Minister in 'The Drunkard'
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Storyline

The Great McGonigle's traveling theatrical troupe are staying at a boarding house, preparing to put on a production of "The Drunkard." Cleopatra Pepperday offers to put up money for the show--if she can have a part. Little Albert Wendelschaffer torments McGonigle all through lunch; and despite 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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The saga of the unsung heroes who braved the fire of tomatoes and eggs at the old Op'ry House (Print Ad- Niagara Falls Gazette, ((Niagara Falls, NY)) 7 August 1934)

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

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

Cleopatra Pepperday: [after McGonigle takes a heavy fall] Marky, are you hurt?
The Great McGonigle: [sarcastically] No, I had the presence of mind to fall on my head.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Gathering Shells from the Sea Shore
(1873) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Will L. Thompson
Sung by Jan Duggan with Dorothy Bay at piano
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Comedy classic
31 July 2003 | by aberlour36See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Compagni d'allegria See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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