Man on the Flying Trapeze ()

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Hard-working, henpecked Ambrose Wolfinger takes off from work to go to a wrestling match with catastrophic consequences.


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Ambrose Wolfinger
Hope Wolfinger
Leona Wolfinger
Claude Neselrode
Mrs. Neselrode
Mr. Peabody
President Malloy
Lew Kelly ...
Adolph Berg
'Willie' the Weasel
'Legs' Garnett
Patrolman No.1
Patrolman No.2
Ambrose's Secretary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Night Court Judge (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ...
Court Officer (uncredited)
Office Employee (uncredited)
Timekeeper (uncredited)
Passing Motorist (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ...
Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
J. Farnsworth Wallaby (uncredited)
Street Cleaner (uncredited)
Keith Daniels ...
Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Miss Dickson (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ...
Motorcar Owner (uncredited)
Harry Ekezian ...
Hookalakah Meshobbab (uncredited)
Henry - Chauffeur (uncredited)
Clerk (uncredited)
Tosoff - Wrestler (uncredited)
Robert Littlefield ...
Neighbor with Correct Time (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ...
Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Mickey McMasters ...
Referee (uncredited)
Charles Morris ...
Turnkey (uncredited)
Officer (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ...
Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Eddie Sturgis ...
Bystander at Arena Gate (uncredited)
Albert Taylor ...
Clerk (uncredited)
Helpful Passerby (uncredited)
Italian Woman in Ambulance (uncredited)
Homicidal Maniac in Cell (uncredited)
Dorothy Ward ...
Information Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

Clyde Bruckman
W.C. Fields ... (uncredited)

Written by

Ray Harris ... (screen play) and
Sam Hardy ... (screen play)
W.C. Fields ... (from a story by) (as Charles Bogle) and
Sam Hardy ... (from a story by)
Jack Cunningham ... (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)
Frank Griffin ... (contributor to dialogue) (uncredited)
John Sinclair ... (contributor to special sequences) (uncredited)
Bobby Vernon ... (contributor to special sequences) (uncredited)

Produced by

William LeBaron ... producer
Henry Herzbrun ... executive producer (uncredited)
Adolph Zukor ... executive producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Alfred Gilks ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

Richard C. Currier ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Hans Dreier ... (uncredited)
A. Earl Hedrick ... (uncredited)

Music Department

Tom Satterfield ... composer: incidental music (uncredited)

Other crew

Adolph Zukor ... presenter
Dorothy White ... production secretary (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Ambrose Wolfinger wants the afternoon off (his first in twenty-five years) to go to a wrestling match. He tells his boss that he must attend his mother-in-law's funeral. The afternoon is no joy. He tries to please a policeman, assist a chauffeur, chase a tire, and ends up getting hit by the body of a wrestler thrown from the ring. A series of mishaps leads his boss to send floral tributes to the house and notify the papers of the death (due to poisoned liquor). His shrewish wife, judgmental mother-in-law, and good-for-nothing brother-in-law add to his burdens. In the end he enjoys their fawning loyalty, a raise in pay, and his first vacation. Written by Ed Stephan

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Also Known As
  • The Flying Trapeze (United States)
  • Everything Happens at Once (United States)
  • The Memory Expert (United Kingdom)
  • Les joies de la famille (France)
  • Hvad er et hjem uden en fader (Denmark)
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  • 66 min
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Trivia This was the last film directed by Clyde Bruckman. Although Bruckman's name appears on the credit, this film was actually directed by W.C. Fields, who took over after Bruckman had to quit early in the shoot due to the effects of his alcoholism. This is the only film on which Fields technically worked as his own director. See more »
Goofs At breakfast, Fields takes several bites from a piece of burnt toast. In the next shot the toast is shown in its original uneaten condition. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986). See more »
Soundtracks On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away See more »
Quotes Ambrose Wolfinger: The more haste the less speed.
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