It's a Gift (1934)




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W.C. Fields is in fine fettle as small-town grocer Harold Bissonette (pronounced Biss-o-NAY). Harold dreams of becoming a California orange farmer, but his gorgon wife (Kathleen Howard) will have none of it. After a grueling day at the store, during which his electric light stock is destroyed by a cane-wielding blind man (Charles Sellon), and his floor is flooded with molasses by the impish Baby LeRoy, Harold announces that he's sold the store and bought an orange grove. Seeking to escape his … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Cunningham, J.P. McEvoy, W.C. Fields
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 2004
Universal Studios Home Video

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Critic Reviews for It's a Gift

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

There's plenty to enjoy here, and little to dislike.

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
Film and Felt

It's W.C. Fields at the top of his game; a classic comical study on the horrors of bourgeois family life.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

W.C. Fields is a near-forgotten comedic treasure waiting to be unearthed by anyone with a DVD player.

Full Review… | February 17, 2006
Arizona Daily Star

Audience Reviews for It's a Gift

A shop owner comes into an inheritance and moves his family to California.
Filled with physical bits and an occasional wise-crack, It's a Gift showcases W.C. Fields's vaudevillian humor. But the bits are in slow motion, like watching underwater comedy, and the wise-cracks aren't all that wise. Some of the - "kumquats!" - moments that thrive on - "kumquats!" - repetition are - "kumquats!" - more annoying than - "kumquats!" - funny. In terms of character development, the stock annoying wife character is never seriously or humorously dealt with, and there's nothing about Harold's character that makes us celebrate his eventual success.
Overall, I had hoped to like Fields, who was billed as a equal of Groucho Marx, but I was disappointed.

Jim Hunter

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My Favorite WC Fields Movie

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


If you like W.C. Fields films then you will enjoy this one. Not my favorite of his films, but a lot of fun. Fields is a unlucky pushover who dreams of moving to California and owning a orange grove. Along the way his wife nags, kids bother him, he drinks,and he can't seem to get any sleep. It has some great site gags and typical W.C. mumblings that are hilarious. I prefer Never Give A Sucker A Even Break, but this a good one.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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