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Earthworm Tractors (1936)

Earthworm Tractors (1936)

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Joe E. Brown was an ideal choice for the character of Alexander Botts, the brash, arrogant "natural born salesman" created for The Saturday Evening Post by William Hazlett Upton. As a representative for the Earthworm Tractor company, Botts tries to convince old-fashioned lumberman Guy Kibbee to buy his newfangled products. Several disastrous slapstick sequences later (including an hilarious setpiece in which Botts unwittingly tows away Kibbee's entire house!), Botts closes the deal, winning the hand of Kibbee's daughter June Travis in the process. Despite the character's unremitting cockiness, Joe E. Brown manages to make Alexander Botts immensely likeable. Earthworm Tractors was the next-to-last film on Joe E. Brown's Warner Bros. contract, and (with rare exceptions like 1938's The Gladiator) his last truly worthwhile vehicle of the thirties.

Cast

Joe E. Brown
as Alexander Botts
June Travis
as Mabel Johnson
Guy Kibbee
as Sam Johnson
Dick Foran
as Emmet McManus
Carol Hughes
as Sally Blair
Carolyn Hughes
as Sally Blair
Gene Lockhart
as George Healey
Olin Howland
as Mr. Blair
Joseph Crehan
as Mr. Henderson
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Blair
Charles C. Wilson
as H.J. Russell
Irving Bacon
as Taxicab Driver
Stuart Holmes
as The Doctor
Rosalind Marquis
as Telephone Girl
Russ Powell
as Hardware Man
Henry Hall
as Banker
Harry Depp
as Bookkeeper
Cliff Saum
as Freight Agent/Bellboy
Sam Flint
as Hotel Manager
Victoria Vinton
as Secretary
Henry Otho
as Workman
Phil Ryley
as Aquarium Porter
Milton Kibbee
as Hotel Clerk
Jack Richardson
as Accident Spectator
Harvey Parry
as Road Construction Worker
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