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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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Taglines:

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

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 15 August 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in New York City Sunday 17 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Detroit Sunday 30 January 1949 on WWJ (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Tuesday 23 August 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), and in Atlanta Wednesday 24 August 1949 on WSB (Channel 8) as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Tibbett: Zero, have you seen the Doctor?
Zero: I seen him at dinner time out early this mornin', Miss Tibbett.
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Alternate Versions

Colorized version is cut to 65 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Of Mice and Men (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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Unique one time partnership
6 November 2005 | by DerbyhatSee all my reviews

For those looking for the magic of Laurel and Hardy, "Zenobia" offers an alternative that occurred because of Laurel's contract negotiations. Made the same year as "Gone With The Wind", Zenobia takes place in a time before the Civil War, where a small Southern plantation town at peace, is disrupted when the excitable traveling promoter (Harry Langdon), seeks aid for his ailing partner. A beloved country doctor (Oliver Hardy) is surprised and resists, but is coerced into treating a fully grown elephant for a terrible condition. Proving that a good deed never goes unpunished for Hardy, the patient, attempting to say 'thanks', relentlessly follows the good doctor and there is no place to hide, not even a formal social gathering. With the town in an uproar and his wife (Billie Burke) embarrassed at the spectacle, Dr Tibbetts is the focus of laughter, ridicule and a lawsuit. Twelve year old Philip Hurlic turns in a memorable performance that needs to be seen in the context of today.

Langdon is little known by most and seems very much like Buster Keaton, but just a bit more shy. Although, Langdon is not as appreciated for his works as Stan and Ollie, his touching performance in "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp!" when he meets Joan Crawford, the girl of his dreams, face to face for the first time is something to behold. If you can look past Laurel's absence in this rare partnership, Zenobia will have you laughing at a moment in time when fate put two funny men and an elephant on a collision course. On such paths they prove there is just no dignified way to get around a loving elephant.


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