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Poppy (1936)

Passed | | Comedy | 19 June 1936 (USA)
Carny con artist and snake-oil salesman Eustace McGargle tries to stay one step ahead of the sheriff but is completely devoted to his beloved daughter Poppy.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Prof. Eustace P. McGargle
... Poppy
... Billy Farnsworth
... Countess Maggi Tubbs DePuizzi (as Catharine Doucet)
... Attorney Eddie G. Whiffen
... Mayor Farnsworth
... Sarah Tucker
Bill Wolfe ... Egmont
Adrian Morris ... Constable Bowman
... Frances Parker
Ralph Remley ... Carnival Manager
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Storyline

Poppy, daughter of carnival medicine salesman Professor McGargle, falls in love with the Mayor's son. Countess Maggie Tubbs DePuizzi is claimant to the Putnam estates, but McGargle and lawyer Wiffen plot to make Poppy claim the fortune. Wiffen and the Countess double-cross the Professor, but kindly Sarah Tucker notices a resemble between Poppy and the deceased Mrs. Putnam. It turns out that McGargle adopted the girl, she is the rightful heir, the purported Countess is only a showgirl, and every one has a happy ending. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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19 June 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Filha do Saltimbanco  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

W.C. Fields broke a vertebra during the filming and was in such pain that he fainted after walking out of camera range after filming the final scene. See more »

Quotes

Judge: Mr. Whiffeen tells me your wife has passed away.
Professor Eustace McGargle: Yes, the poor dear was killed in Upper Sandusky - run over by a pie wagon, a hit-and-gallop-away driver. One of the horses stepped upon... Never mind the details! Never mind the details!
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with a shot of a flower blooming, with the title "Poppy" emerging from the flower as it blooms. The flower motif continues through the rest of the opening credits. See more »

Connections

Version of Sally of the Sawdust (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played by an unidentified pianist on a calliope
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Not his best but still great
22 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

The devoted daughter is the only Fields stock plot left from previous films It's A Gift , You're Telling Me, there's no nagging wife and annoying in-laws here. For that reason the film suffers slightly in comparison, it really drags when Fields isn't in it and the audience is left with his daughter's romance with a local schmuck, or worse the same waltz song sung twice. Also it is clear as others have mentioned Fields isn't completely on his game due to back problems which may have led him to drink more. Still, for Fields fans there is plenty to enjoy here especially the croquet sequence, his recurring encounter with a previous dupe, and an attempt at playing a kind of violin. Enough laughs to make up for the lulls.


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