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Country Gentlemen (1936)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 November 1936 (USA)
McAllister (Ole Olsen and Hamilton (Chic Johnson)are a couple of con-men who travel about the country selling worthless stock to small town citizens. THey come to Chesterville where they ... See full summary »


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Joseph Hoffman (screenplay), Gertrude Orr (screenplay) | 4 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Ole Olsen ... J.D. McAllister, aka Jerome D. Hamilton
Chic Johnson ... Charles Watson, aka Charlie 'Chubby' Williams
Joyce Compton ... Gertie
Lila Lee ... Mrs. Louise Heath
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Grayson
Donald Kirke ... Mr. Martin
Ray Corrigan ... Briggs
Sammy McKim ... Billy Heath
Wade Boteler ... First Deputy
Ivan Miller Ivan Miller ... Harry, Second Deputy
Olin Howland ... Lawyer
Frank Sheridan ... Chief of Police
Harry Harvey ... Shorty, an Investor
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Chuck, the Counterman
Prince Prince ... Fluffy (the Great Dane)


McAllister (Ole Olsen and Hamilton (Chic Johnson)are a couple of con-men who travel about the country selling worthless stock to small town citizens. THey come to Chesterville where they see a potential sucker list in the local war-veteran's home. They sell shares to the vets in a local worthless oil-field. McAllister falls in love with the widowed-owner of their hotel, Louise Heath (Lila Lee)who persuades him to give up his shady dealings. But before he can convince his partner the townspeople catch on to their scheme and decide jail is the place for them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

9 November 1936 (USA) See more »

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To tossede fyre See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Before Chubby leaves the office, he is wearing a single-breasted jacket, but when he goes down to the car, it's a double-breasted jacket and Fluffy tears it up. Later, when the guys stop to eat, Chubby is wearing the single-breasted jacket again. See more »

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Olsen and Johnson appear after the opening title, before the full credits, opening and closing a door. See more »

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Lesser Olsen and Johnson is still a fun romp
14 January 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

One does not watch an Olsen and Johnson film for the plot, one watches their films for the sheer insanity of the goings on. The jokes are full of puns, both visual and verbal, and very witty interplay that often comes so fast that you have to pause a moment to truly comprehend what you've just seen and heard.(At the top of their form there were/are few comedians who can top their word play) Here Olsen and Johnson are up to their usual tricks with the plot having the pair fleeing from the law in a big city when their stock fraud is discovered. Despite professing the desire to go straight they are soon up to their old tricks in a small country town.

While not as fast faced and rapid fire like some of their other films this movie is still quite enjoyable thanks to really clever writing. The jokes keep you amused even when the plot seems to take a well worn course. Actually other Olsen and Johnson films suffer from weak plot, but they have better pacing. In their better films like Hellzapoppin, there seems to have a joke every couple of seconds and you don't mind the slow pace or weak plot because you're simply laughing too hard. This isn't to say that the film is bad, its not, not even by Olsen and Johnson standards, it just not the best work they've done.

Definitely worth seeing, especially if you've never seen an Olsen and Johnson film before. These are two of the best screen comedians that have ever danced across the silver screen and any opportunity to see them work their magic is always welcome.

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