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The Old Fashioned Way (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 13 July 1934 (USA)
The Great McGonigle and his troupe of third-rate vaudevillians manage to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors and the sheriff.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Garnett Weston (screenplay), Jack Cunningham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
W.C. Fields ... The Great McGonigle / Squire Cribbs in 'The Drunkard'
Joe Morrison ... Wally Livingston / William Dowton in 'The Drunkard'
Baby LeRoy ... Albert Pepperday
Judith Allen ... Betty McGonigle / Agnes Dowton in the 'The Drunkard'
Jan Duggan ... Cleopatra Pepperday
Tammany Young ... Marmaduke Gump
Nora Cecil ... Mrs. Wendelschaffer
Jack Mulhall ... Dick Bronson
Samuel Ethridge Samuel Ethridge ... Bartley Neuville / Edward Middleton / The Drunkard in 'The Drunkard'
Ruth Marion Ruth Marion ... Agatha Sprague / Mary Wilson in 'The Drunkard'
Richard Carle ... Sheriff of Barnesville
Larry Grenier Larry Grenier ... Drover Stevens in 'The Drunkard'
William Blatchford William Blatchford ... Landlord in 'The Drunkard'
Jeffrey Williams Jeffrey Williams ... Mrs. Arden Renclelaw in 'The Drunkard'
Donald Brown Donald Brown ... The Minister in 'The Drunkard'
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Storyline

The Great McGonigle's traveling theatrical troupe are staying at a boarding house. They are preparing to put on a production of "The Drunkard" (and do so during this movie). Cleopatra Pepperday puts up money for the show provided she can have a part ("Here comes the prince!"). Little Albert Wendelschaffer torments McGonigle all through lunch ("How can you hurt a watch by dipping it in molasses?"). In spite of being pursued by several sheriffs, McGonigle is able to keep going and see his daughter Betty happily married. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Compagni d'allegria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The sheriff serving McGonigle the writ comes from New Philadelphia. Philadelphia was Fields' home town, a city he reportedly detested. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Walter Jones: When is Cleo gonna act in this show?
The Great McGonigle: Oh, yes, yes, yes. She'll probably go on right after the epilogue.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are in 2 parts; the first contain the actors and their character names in the film as a whole; The second contains the actors and their character names in the play, "The Drunkard." Five actors, therefore, are credited twice: W.C. Fields, Joe Morrison, Judith Allen, Samuel Ethridge and Ruth Marion. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' thro' the Rye
(uncredited)
Music Traditional
Played during McGonigle's juggling act at the opera house
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Comedy classic
31 July 2003 | by aberlour36See all my reviews

I've seen this film at least a dozen times over the past half century and never tire of it. Fields is at his best, and the movie is hilarious. It ranks with You're Telling Me, It's A Gift, The Bank Dick, and My Little Chickadee. It seems incredible that this film gem has not appeared in either VHS or DVD. But such is the blockheadedness of the ruling powers in the media these days.


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