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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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Prof. Eustace P. McGargle
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Poppy
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Billy Farnsworth
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Countess Maggi Tubbs DePuizzi (as Catharine Doucet)
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Attorney Eddie G. Whiffen
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Mayor Farnsworth
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Sarah Tucker
Bill Wolfe ...
Egmont
Adrian Morris ...
Constable Bowman
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Frances Parker
Ralph Remley ...
Carnival Manager
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Boy (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ...
Bit part (uncredited)
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Young woman (uncredited)
Jerry Bergen ...
Gardener (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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BIT part (uncredited)
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BIT part (uncredited)
Helen Holmes ...
Dowager (uncredited)
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Hot Dog Stand Proprietor (uncredited)
Cyril King ...
Bit part (uncredited)
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Constable (uncredited)
Ada Mae Moore ...
bit Part (uncredited)
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Calliope Driver (uncredited)
Dick Rush ...
Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Gail Sheridan ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Doc Stone ...
Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
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BIT part (uncredited)
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BIT part (uncredited)
Harry Wagner ...
Bit part (uncredited)
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Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
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BIT part (uncredited)
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Joe (uncredited)

Directed by

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A. Edward Sutherland

Written by

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Waldemar Young ... (screen play) and
Virginia Van Upp ... (screen play)
 
Dorothy Donnelly ... (based on a play by)
 
Jack Cunningham ... (contributor to dialogue) (uncredited)
 
Bobby Vernon ... (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Paul Jones ... associate producer (as Paul M. Jones)
William LeBaron ... producer

Music by

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Friedrich Hollaender ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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William C. Mellor ... (photographed by)

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Stuart Heisler ... (edited by)

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Hans Dreier
Bernard Herzbrun

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A.E. Freudeman ... (interior decorations)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head

Production Management

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Paul Jones ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Harlan ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Cope ... sound recordist
Earl S. Hayman ... sound recordist (as Earl Hayman)

Stunts

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John Sinclair ... stunt double: W.C. Fields (uncredited)

Music Department

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Sam Coslow ... music and lyrics by
Friedrich Hollaender ... music and lyrics by (as Frederick Hollander)
Boris Morros ... musical director
Ralph Rainger ... music and lyrics by
Leo Robin ... music and lyrics by
Gerard Carbonara ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
John Leipold ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Victor Young ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

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Adolph Zukor ... presenter
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines "Ladies and gentlemen...my daughter, Mademoiselle Poppy, will warble for you whilst I astonish you with feats of legerdemain!" (Print Ad-Coquille Valley Sentinel, ((Coquille, Ore.)) 28 August 1936) See more »
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Also Known As
  • A Filha do Saltimbanco (Brazil)
  • 南瓜おやじ (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 73 min
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Trivia While filming the movie, W.C. Fields regularly drank from a flask, which he insisted was only "pineapple juice." One day, however, the stagehands replaced the vodka in the flask with real pineapple juice. When Fields tasted it, he sputtered and shouted, "Who put pineapple juice in my pineapple juice?!" See more »
Movie Connections Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Hot dog vendor: [as McGargle and Poppy begin to eat their hot dogs] Twenty cents, please!
Professor Eustace McGargle: Very reasonable! I'll pay you at the conclusion of our engagement.
Hot dog vendor: Oh, no, you won't! You're gonna pay me right now!
Professor Eustace McGargle: [the vendor takes back Poppy's half-eaten hot dog] Really! I shall return mine also.
Hot dog vendor: [looking at McGargle's half-eaten hot dog] Listen, you tramp, how am I gonna sell these again?
Professor Eustace McGargle: First you insult me. Then you ask my advice concerning salesmanship. You, sir, are a dunce! DUNCE, sir! D-U-N-C... How do you spell it?
[Walking away with Poppy]
Professor Eustace McGargle: Come, dear, let's go.
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