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Comedy legend W.C. Fields (The Bank Dick) plays an inventor with a taste for drink in You’re Telling Me!, a rough-and-tumble Pre-Code. Having failed to sell his latest invention, Sam Bisbee (Fields) meets Marie Lescaboura (Adrienne Ames, The Death Kiss) on the train back to Crystal Springs, unaware that she is a foreign princess traveling incognito. Deciding to help make her new friend a success, Marie pays a visit to Sam’s hometown where she attempts to turn an uncouth eccentric into the darling of the country club set. Directed by Erle C. Kenton (Island of Lost Souls) and co-starring Joan Marsh (Road to Zanzibar) and Larry “Buster” Crabbe (Buck Rogers), this zany gem also features Fields’ uproarious recreation of his classic golfing sketch first performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1918.
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.37:1
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5 x 1 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Director : Erle C. Kenton
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 6 minutes
- Release date : April 19, 2022
- Actors : W.C. Fields, Mary Brian, Kathleen Howard, Grady Sutton, Vera Lewis
- Studio : KL Studio Classics
- ASIN : B09RM2QHRM
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #77,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #3,588 in Comedy (Movies & TV)
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And, Ames (as the "Princess") is stunningly beautiful and perfectly cast to play along side of Fields and eventually make him the "town star" of his city...and thereby hangs the film's title: "You're Telling Me !".
Watch it; laugh; learn the "greatness' of "The Great Man": W.C. Fields !
Pauline Bisbee (Joan Marsh) and Bob Murchison (Buster Crabbe) are in love, and want to be married; but there's a snag: The Bisbee house is located on the "wrong" side of the tracks, and the union is meeting strong resistance from Bob's mother, Mrs. Edward Quimby Murchison (Kathleen Howard), who is ever discerning of the Murchison's place in society. And Pauline's father, Sam (Fields), is of little help. An inveterate dreamer, Sam is an inventor, and though he knows it's only a matter of time before the world beats a path to his door, his time, unfortunately, has not yet come, which leaves him in the quagmire of anonymity, and his family still on the wrong side of the tracks.
All of that is about to change, however, because Sam has at last invented something that will assure him fortune and fame: A 1000% puncture-proof automobile tire. He has an appointment in the city with a tire company, and once they see his demonstration, he knows his future will be made, Pauline will be able to marry Bob, and all will be well.
Alas, the demonstration goes awry, and the hapless Sam, dejected, disgraced and alone, boards a train for home. He thinks it's the end; but on the train, he befriends a beautiful young woman, unaware that she is a foreign dignitary, the Princess Lescaboura (Adrienne Ames), currently on a goodwill tour of America. And it turns out to be an auspicious encounter, as Sam's kindness to her is about to be repaid in a way that will change his life forever.
This film is vintage W.C. Fields, featuring all of the trademark elements that make him (and his films) so endearing and enduring, even today: The sight gags, presented in that unique Fields' way; Fields as the underdog; the innate cynicism Fields honed into a veritable art form; Fields as the hen-pecked husband (a role he played often, and perfected in "It's A Gift," made this same year-- 1934-- with Kathleen Howard as his wife); the witty retorts; and, of course, the genuine humor. In one respect, however, this film differs from most of his others, in that, as Sam, Fields displays a gentler side of his usually caustic nature. The acerbity is present, to be sure, but toned down; and Sam, perhaps more than any character Fields ever created, is genuinely likable.
As Bob Murchison, Buster Crabbe's performance leaves something to be desired, but that charismatic spark that would make him a matinee idol later in the Sci-fi serials "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rogers," and later in numerous "Billy the Kid" and "Billy Carson" westerns, is evident, and most importantly, he does well enough to set the stage for the antics of the film's star.
In only her second film, Kathleen Howard is a delight in the role of Mrs. Murchison, who is something of a prototype for many who would come later in other films, such as Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." As Bob's domineering mother, she affects an aloofness that strikes just the right chord and makes her the perfect foil for the down-to-earth Sam Bisbee.
The supporting cast includes Louise Carter (Bessie Bisbee), Tammany Young (Caddy), Dell Henderson (Mayor), James B. "Pop" Kenton (Doc Beebe), Robert McKenzie (Charlie Bogle), Nora Cecil (Mrs. Price), George Irving (Mr. Robins) and Frederick Sullivan (Mr. Edward Quimby Murchison). Comparatively short (at 66 minutes), "You're Telling Me" is nevertheless something of a minor classic and pure Fields from start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly entertaining, It even gives the inimitable W.C. a chance to perform a bit of his famous "golf" routine. A funny, and often downright hilarious film, it's a showcase for one of cinema's premiere funny men, and in the end, more than anything else, one thing is certain: It's going to make you laugh. And that's the magic of the movies.