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Zenobia (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 April 1939 (USA)
A modest country doctor in the antebellum South has to contend with his daughter's upcoming marriage and an affectionate medicine show elephant.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Corey Ford (screen play), Walter DeLeon (original story) (as Walter De Leon) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Hardy ... Dr. Tibbett
Harry Langdon ... Professor McCrackle
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Tibbett
Alice Brady ... Mrs. Carter
James Ellison ... Jeff Carter
Jean Parker ... Mary Tibbett
June Lang ... Virginia
Olin Howland ... Attorney Culpepper
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Judge
Stepin Fetchit ... Zero (as Step'n Fetchit)
Hattie McDaniel ... Dehlia (as Hattie McDaniels)
Philip Hurlic Philip Hurlic ... Zeke (as Phillip Hurlic)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mr. Dover
Clem Bevans ... Sheriff
Tommy Mack ... Butcher
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Storyline

A southern country doctor is called on by a visiting circus man to cure his sick elephant. After the doctor heals the grateful beast, the elephant becomes so attached to him that it starts to follow him everywhere. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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She Brought a New Kind of Love to the South! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This Time It's Love See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (colorized)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the early 1990s, Video Treasures released this film under their Laurel & Hardy Classics Collection banner, even though Stan Laurel does not appear in this movie at all, and Oliver Hardy does not play his 'Ollie' character. However, it was packaged with their classic short subject Laughing Gravy (1930). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Tibbett: Oh, Zeke, where are you?
Zeke: Here I is.
Dr. Tibbett: You get the boots shined?
Zeke: Ya sah
Dr. Tibbett: Oh, that's fine. Let's put 'em on.
Zeke: Dr. Tibbett, will I ever turn white?
Dr. Tibbett: Oh, I'm afraid not, Zeke. Why?
Zeke: Well, I'm never gonna be nothin' else 'cept just what I am, only bigger?
Dr. Tibbett: Well, what's wrong with being just what you are?
Zeke: Just that all the other little boys around, they can go to parties, like the party tonight. Cause they're white. And I can't, cause I'm not.
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Alternate Versions

Colorized version is cut to 65 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Stan & Ollie (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
(1843) (uncredited)
From the operetta "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe
Lyrics by Alfred Bunn
Sung by Oliver Hardy and Billie Burke with Burke on piano
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An amiable time-passer
8 October 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While this certainly isn't a great movie and is in many ways pretty forgettable, it is a decent time-passer and worth seeing from a historic sense. This is the only film that Oliver Hardy starred in without Stan Laurel since they became a team in the late 1920s. However, when Laurel's contract expired he refuses to re-sign as he and Hardy (who was still under contract) wanted to explore other career options other than to continue with Hal Roach Studios. So, Roach decided to try pairing Hardy with a new partner--hoping he and Hardy would catch on and Hardy would soon re-sign with the studio.

However, the film lacks the balance of a true Laural and Hardy film, as Hardy is definitely in the leading role. And, fortunately, Hardy does a pretty good job as the kindly doctor who is befriended by an elephant and he's able to carry this amiable film. Additionally, the movie is very interesting because in a supporting role (one that could have been played by Stan Laurel) was the silent film comedian, Harry Langdon. As there are few of his films still in existence, this is one of the rare chances you'll get to see,...as well as hear him. The story itself is pretty silly but handled so well, you probably will forgive this.

Despite being a story about an Elephant that falls in love with Hardy, about the only thing you may not like about the film is Stepin Fetchit--the horribly stereotyped Black actor who made a career out of playing some who is dumb and lazy. It's quite a contrast to the role played by Philip Hurlic as 'Zeke'--a smart, precocious and cute Black child. At least there were contrasts, as most of Fetchit's earlier roles provided nothing to balance the negative image.


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