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Product Details

  • 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:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • 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)

Editorial Reviews

The president (W.C. Fields) of Klopstokia tasks the suitor (Jackie Oakie) of his daughter (Anne Fleming) with raising money for his bankrupt country. When Oakie realizes how athletic all of Klopstokia's citizens are, he decides to enter them in the 1932 Olympics - but Fields' detractors are anxious to ruin him, and enlist the help of seductress Mata Machree (Lydi Roberti) in distracting the athletes.

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Format: VHS Tape
Ah yes, the Old Klopstokian Song of Love!

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?
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By A Customer on April 16, 1999
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This film is so strange--from the fact that everyone in the country of Klopstokia seems to be descended from goats, to the way cabinet meetings are conducted (the President arm wrestles every one of the cabinet members to make sure he hasn't lost any power) this film is a bizarre delight from start to finish. There are so many scenes in this film that are visually striking and have stayed with me long after I watched the film. From seeing Andy Clyde, disguised as a goat, running at about 100 miles per hour to the scene where Lyda Roberti sings a seductive song to the cabinet of Klopstokia, this film is a delight to watch.
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First off, a hearty hello to Mr Kringle below who has also reviewed this movie, greetings from Wisconsin to my longtime friend!

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!!!!
...............UPDATE....................2014....................
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.
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By A Customer on January 20, 1999
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This is one of the wackiest comedies ever made. A non-stop, star-studded orgy of inspired lunacy that was the hallmark of the greatest comedies of the 1930's/early 40's (and a thoroughly extinct species in the 1990's). Every Hollywood funny man and funny woman of the day seems to have wormed their way into this one. An absolute gem. Total, cathartic laugh therapy.
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"Million Dollar Legs" is a classic W. C. Fields comedy. Set in a mythical foreign country were all the men are called "George" and all the women have the same name, too: Angela. It's a good old fashioned romp of merriment from the word "GO!" Fields portrays the President of Klopstokia, who rules by strength, being able to beat his cabinet at arm wrestling and other feats of strength. Jack Oakie plays a traveling brush salesmen (Remember those?) who falls head over heels in love with the President's daughter (Susan Fleming). The plot revolves around the fact that Klopstokia is going broke, but if they can win in the Olympics, they can get the prize money and stay solvent.
"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.
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I have been a big fan of WC Fields for many years and was delighted to see this for sale. But the pacing, plot, story and everything else was uneven and far from the better movies Fields made. If you are a big Fields fan, you will want this; if you are not, I'd look for another of his movies. This one just plain misses the mark.
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"Million Dollar Legs" maybe the nuttiest film that ever came from Hollywood. Paramount studios had an unrivalled list of comedians on their pay roll in 1932 and this film gathers a swag of them together. It would make a great double feature with the Marx Brothers "Duck Soup."

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.
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