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One of the better madcap 1930s review-type comedies. A top-notch cast some very enjoyable & funny musical numbers & comedy routines. Also some very good, risque pre-code jokes. If you enjoy 1930s humor, don't miss this!
The best comedy movie ever made!
Fields steals the show, bizarre, funny, catchy music. Shots on gays, sex, pre censorship, love this movie.
WC 's first talking pic when he's gone u wish he was back on screen.
Rapid-fire comedy (W.C. Fields, Burns & Allen) with musical interludes (Cab Calloway performs "Reefer Man.)
The plot of the film is just a device for showcasing the top talent of the day - and a lot of it. A mishmash of vaudeville, film, and recording stars with different styles are stitched together in a quilt-work of contemporary entertainment. It's definitely hit and miss but the misses don't last long and some of the hits are pretty darned funny. A great way to sample all these stars in one pretty short movie.
I was particularly impressed with Stuart Erwin - not a big name - who played a central role in holding the movie together and who's natural, low key delivery offers some of the best laughs and highlights the difference between the broad, set-up/punchline vaudeville comedy surrounding him and a cinema performance that incorporates the humor within the story and character interactions.
A fun movie and a valuable document of the time.
Nice little parody of Grand Hotel that is just as muddled and ungainly as that flick. Some characters work, some don't, but the film chugs along at a good pace, so you don't really notice. As soon as Fields enters the proceedings, he takes over, which is fortunate. I liked Bela Lugosi, Gracie Allen, and George Burns too. There's also an odd cameo from Sterling Holloway, who would of course later go on to voice Winnie the Pooh for Disney (and several other characters, such as Kaa).
Complete and utter madness, though, somehow I enjoyed it. Why isn't Lugosi in more comedies?!
What can you say about a movie that has W.C. Fields, Bela Lugosi, Cab Calloway singing about smoking pot, and some vague "plot" about the invention of television? Thomas Pynchon must watch this whenever he starts a new novel. It's dated, but weirdly so....
Fields, George & Gracie (and Cab Calloway's music)'s performances have all aged better than the rest of the film.