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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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Storyline

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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Passed | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

W.C. Fields refers to a woman named McGonigle. He took that name for his character in The Old Fashioned Way (1934). The actor had also used the name McGargle in Sally of the Sawdust (1925) and it's remake, Poppy (1936). See more »

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George Burns' character Name is shown onscreen as "George Edward", but "Edwards" is consistently spoken as his surname. See more »

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Flora Whinney: Shut your suitcase.
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Six Times The Fun
8 August 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Three zany couples, all SIX OF A KIND, become entangled in a madcap search for stolen bank loot.

This is a lively, hilarious comedy, with the six stars - Charlie Ruggles & Mary Boland, W. C. Fields & Alison Skipworth, George Burns & Gracie Allen - all heartily engaged in doing what they did best: getting laughs.

Ruggles & Boland make another of their film appearances as husband & wife - this time rather more amorous than usual. They were a perfect team - she the strident lioness, he the nervous rabbit - and they dominate most of the screen time here. From beginning to end, they are a delight.

Burns & Allen continue the patter they originated in Vaudeville, perfected on radio & would eventually take to television, with George the perpetual straight man & Gracie the eternal fool. At times in the film she tends to go a bit over the top, but it's difficult to dislike her. Her heart was obviously made of solid gold.

While Skipworth is given rather short shrift - only fragments of her formidable personality flash through - Fields is in his element as the disreputable sheriff of Nuggetville, Nevada. Whether explaining how he got the nickname ‘Honest John' or skulking about at night looking for the missing moola, he is never less than wonderful. Best of all, he gets to perform his entire classic pool routine, preserving it forever for a grateful posterity. Finally, he executes the near miraculous - he gets Gracie to shut up.

Paramount was so pleased with the success of SIX OF A KIND that they wanted to hurry the principle players into another comedy. Only Fields demurred. He felt he had now arrived at the point where he no longer needed to share a movie with other celebrity comics. The Studio finally agreed and began preparation of Fields' first solo starring feature, YOU'RE TELLING ME (1934).


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