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It's a Gift (17-Nov-1934)

Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Writers: Jack Cunningham; W. C. Fields

From a play: The Comic Supplement by J.P. McEvoy

Keywords: Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Spencer Charters
Actor
25-Mar-1875 25-Jan-1943 Character actor
W. C. Fields
Comic
29-Jan-1880 25-Dec-1946 The Bank Dick
Diana Lewis
Actor
18-Sep-1919 18-Jan-1997 Go West

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Review by vitandus (posted on 30-Sep-2005)

This is the quintessential Fields film and a piece of americana that compares favorably with Huckleberry Finn. Here, the Great Man plays the character that Tom Sawyer would have become if he had married Becky Thatcher. A superb story well told, with laughs abounding.

Fields must have deeply feared success. After this film, he managed to get through David Copperfield and then went off on a six-month bender that almost killed him. He revived for a few final bows as the decade ended and then gave himself up to the booze -- dying miserably.

It is interesting to note that the first decades of the Twentieth Century saw three great humorists (at least) fall prey to the blandishments of dry gin -- Finley Peter Dunne, Robert Benchley, and Fields.

I guess whisky took over about 1940 -- taking out Walt Kelly and a number of other superb humorists. Very sad.


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