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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's Spring Again 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 originally developed as a Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy vehicle, but was re-scripted after Stan Laurel, whose contract with Hal Roach had run out, declined to re-sign with the producer. Hardy's contract was still in force, and the team believed that if they waited until it expired, they could re-sign as a team and be in a stronger bargaining position. Ultimately that is what happened. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Tibbett: Dehlia, come out of that oven and tell me what's going on in this house.
Dehlia: I sorry, Dr. Tibbett, I got so much work to do and Miss Tibbitt's told me to directly, that I was to talk to nobody, not even to myself.
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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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Oliver Hardy solo movie
4 June 2006 | by martin o'sullivanSee all my reviews

I have read the post before mine about this movie. Much I do agree with, but I wish to comment a bit more in defense of this movie. At the time, Hal Roach had a contract dispute with Stan. In short, Stan was offered more money then Oliver, and Stan said either pay us equal, or you don't have us anymore. That loyalty is amazing in any era. This movie was suppose to be for the both of them, but had to be re-written for just Oliver. Yes, the movie's writing suffers in many places, as it gets to be too silly, and even racist. However, the actual acting of Oliver, and Billie are truly wonderful, even if their lines were not. I view this movie as a rare treat, a historical footnote in the years of Laurel and Hardy. No, not a classic, nor anywhere near one, but entertaining? Yes. One can not compare this with any Laurel and Hardy movie. That would be unfair. They never knew if they would work together ever again at this point. True, at times I thought the concept of this movie was childish, but in an innocent entertaining way. As if to say we know it is silly, but it is just a silly movie. So no huge amount of thumbs up for this movie, but a nice treat for hardcore Laurel and Hardy fans. I will say though, thank God they got back together again! Ha! Two movies like this would have been a bit much to take Ha!


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