- Actors: Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Andy Clyde, Lyda Roberti, Susan Fleming
- Directors: Edward F. Cline
- Writers: Ben Hecht, Henry Myers, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Nicholas T. Barrows
- Producers: B.P. Schulberg, Herman J. Mankiewicz
- Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Universal Studios Ho
- VHS Release Date: October 13, 1998
- Run Time: 64 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 0783228325
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Million Dollar Legs [VHS]
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Top Customer Reviews
Million Dollar Legs begins by placing Fields on the throne of an improbable country where goats and nuts reign supreme, the economy is in shambles, political hierarchy is determined by physical strength, and all the women are named Angela. From there, it weird. But the whole movie is ankle deep and head first in good clean fun, political intrigue, slapstick comedy, love, sexual innuendo, and athletic improbabilities.
"Oh father, they won't hurt him will they?"
"Only for about two hours. Then they'll shoot him"
This movie is a masterpiece of comedy!! When will it be available on DVD?
On to the movie...This is another one of those great, rarely seen WC Fields movies that is simply a blast to watch, the criteria of arm wrestling to try and win Fields political position from him is always a hoot to watch. One could argue Field's gets too little screen time, but hey, take what you can get, he fills the role perfectly. Anyone who enjoys classic comedy is sure to like this.
If you never seen it you OWE it to yourself to watch it!
This movie NEEDS to be included in a future Vol 3 WC Fields Collection!!!!
TCM has released a DVD-R of this, it looks VERY good, light years better than the official VHS and any unofficial DVD's put out. What a wonderful WC Fields, sadly overlooked movie. Get it while you can, my guess is the DVD will be OOP in a few years and then....$$$$.
Man, if only we could get some WC Fields restored and on blu ray. I can only dream on.
"Million Dollar Legs" is a classic black and white comedy, and I have loved it since I first saw it. Today's audience would consider it "corny," but it is classic W. C. Fields and Jack Oakie. If you like good old fashioned comedy with a light touch of slapstick, then this film gets "Five Stars." It's well worth the money, but I do wish it were on DVD.
Set in the fictional country of "Klopstokia", the film is some nonsense about the country being bankrupt but raising much needed funds by winning the Olympic Games. This was satirical in 1932 as Los Angeles was hosting the summer games that year. Jack Oakie heads a cast of screwballs with W.C. Fields as the head of the country, in his first full-length feature. Other reviews have described some of the hilarity so I will resist but needless to say, this short film, like "Duck Soup", needs multiple viewings to pick up all the sight gags, one liners etc. I particularly loved every appearance of Ben Turpin as a spy and he has one of the funniest sight gags of all. One nice link to the Marx Brothers is that the female lead is played beautifully by Susan Fleming who married Harpo Marx.
The film has been issued in the Universal Vault Series from TCM. The print is crisp but unrestored with some splicing jumps and vertical lines at times. The extras are mainly marketing/advertising material and the essay which is available on the TCM site is very useful. Unfortunately, the disk was faulty and it took me endless attempts to finally see the whole film. There is no scene selection but the disk jumps from reel to reel at random. I have had this problem with every disk in this series. TCM need better quality control.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They couldn't make a movie this great now, not if they pushed all the degenerates in Hollywood into one big room and gave them an unlimited budget. Not in a million years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L
Here is the one W.C. Fields feature film inexplicably omitted in the two volume reissue of his films. A lost classic. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael J. Esterson
Excellent turn by the master W.C. Fields. This is his first full length feature. Most of his mannerisms are here. Only not as often as in later pictures. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Javier Benito Revollo
A gift for someone who is a fan of Fields. We will see if the rest of the family enjoys it as much.Published 19 months ago by j
A little seen gem of W. C. Fields that I was glad to find available. It includes some of the stars of the silent era as well. Read morePublished 21 months ago by James McEvoy
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