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You're Telling Me! (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 18 May 1934 (France)
A hard-drinking, socially-awkward inventor wrecks his daughter's chances of marriage into a rich family and bungles his own chances of success by selling one of his more practical inventions.

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Erle C. Kenton

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Walter DeLeon (screen play), Paul M. Jones (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
W.C. Fields ... Sam Bisbee
Joan Marsh ... Pauline Bisbee
Buster Crabbe ... Bob Murchison (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
Adrienne Ames ... Princess Lescaboura
Louise Carter ... Mrs. Bessie Bisbee
Kathleen Howard ... Mrs. Murchison
Tammany Young Tammany Young ... Caddy
Dell Henderson ... Mayor (as Del Henderson)
James B. 'Pop' Kenton James B. 'Pop' Kenton ... Doc Beebe
Robert McKenzie ... Charlie Bogle (as Robert Mc Kenzie)
Nora Cecil ... Mrs. Price
George Irving ... President of Tire Co.
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Storyline

Sam Bisbee is an inventor whose works (e.g., a keyhole finder for drunks) have brought him only poverty. His daughter is in love with the son of the town snob. Events conspire to ruin his bullet-proof tire just as success seems near. Another of his inventions prohibits him from committing suicide, so Sam decides to go on living.. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1934 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Apesar dos Pesares See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charlie Bogle, the name of one of Fields' cronies in "You're Telling Me," was used by the comedian as a pen name in four of his screenplays. See more »

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Rosita is brushing Princess Lescaboura's nails and after Rosita says, "But you must.", the Princess' hands are under the table. See more »

Quotes

Sam Bisbee: [to his assistant] If I had enough money to pay your back salary, I'd fire you.
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Connections

References The Golf Specialist (1930) See more »

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Sympathizin' With Me
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Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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One of Fields' Best
20 June 2001 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Well, what did W.C. Fields ever do that was bad? Even in lesser works, he's still at least interesting to watch. You're Telling Me is his second or third best of all those I've seen. The opening sequence, the suicide sequence, and the ostrich sequence are its highlights. The golf sequence might be counted, too, but, if you've seen the short film The Golf Specialist, the one in You're Telling Me is less perfect. For one thing, Fields plays one of his nicer characters in this one. He's rather good on the dramatic side, actually. I liked the scene where he tries to convince the princess not to kill herself very much. Fields showed some true range there. Anyway, as most Fields fans know, the Great Man had two basic characters: the hen-pecked husband and the flim-flam man. In The Golf Specialist, Fields is a flim-flam man, and he needs to be quite mean-spirited to play that role. The nice character from You're Telling Me seems out of place being cruel to the caddy, no matter if the caddy deserves it or not. Also, the caddy and the woman watching Fields were much funnier in the short film than in here. I suppose if I hadn't have seen The Golf Specialist just recently, the golf sequence in You're Telling Me would have seemed a lot better. Still, the film is certainly worth a 9/10. See it if you get the chance.


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