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Six of a Kind (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 9 February 1934 (USA)
When a respectable middle-class couple take a cross-country trip by auto, they share expenses with a decidedly oddball couple, none of whom know the car carries embezzled funds.

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Leo McCarey

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Keene Thompson (story), Douglas MacLean (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Ruggles ... J. Pinkham Whinney (as Charlie Ruggles)
Mary Boland ... Flora Whinney
W.C. Fields ... Sheriff John Hoxley
George Burns ... George Edward
Gracie Allen ... Gracie Devore
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. K. Rumford
Bradley Page ... Ferguson
Grace Bradley ... Goldie
William J. Kelly ... Gillette
Phil Tead ... Clerk in Newspaper Office
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The Whinneys share expenses for their trip to Hollywood with George and Gracie and thier Great Dane. A clerk in Whinney's bank has put fifty thousand dollars in a suitcase, hoping to rob Whinney on the road, but instead Whinney takes another road and is arrested in Nevada. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I sei mattacchioni See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over seven hundred Paramount Pictures 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. Local sponsor interest was minimal, and its initial television broadcasts were few and far between. One of its earliest airings took place in Miami Saturday, April 2, 1960 on Comedy Playhouse on WTVJ (Channel 4). It was released on DVD February 4, 2003 as one of three George Burns and Gracie Allen films, and again November 15, 2016 as a single as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

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Dr. Busby: How do you feel?
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Wonderful 1930s comedy
17 June 2001 | by zetesSee all my reviews

I watched Six of a Kind for W.C. Fields - he's only in it for around 10 minutes and has one long scene, the infamous pool sequence he made famous in vaudeville, and several other great moments. The reamaining 55 minutes are also delightful, thankfully, mostly due to the hilarious Charlie Ruggles as the bumbling banker J. Pinkham Whinney. He is everyone's foil. He stutters and stumbles about to our pleasure. Also, his comedy partner, Mary Boland plays his wife, Flora. Joining in the proceedings are George Burns and Gracie Allen. Boland is particularly funny near the beginning and near the end, but Gracie and Ruggles use up most of the picture. Gracie's funny, quite, but she can also get tiring. And poor George Burns has absolutely nothing to do except repeat Gracie all the time. I don't remember laughing at him once (although he has one great scene with Ruggles, where Ruggles tries desperately to get George to take Gracie and leave him and his wife alone for a while, and one with Fields, where he asks Fields to sell him a sweater; that bit is exclusively Fields', though). The situation is constantly funny: the Whinneys are going to drive to California, but to help them with expenses, George and Gracie are recruited. 8/10.


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