Mary Poppins Returns
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There's plenty to enjoy here, and little to dislike.
It's W.C. Fields at the top of his game; a classic comical study on the horrors of bourgeois family life.
W.C. Fields is a near-forgotten comedic treasure waiting to be unearthed by anyone with a DVD player.
W.C. Fields in his prime. If not his best, not far from it.
It's A Gift (1934) is often cited as W. C. Fields' best and funniest picture - it is undoubtedly one of the greatest, classic comedies ever made,
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.
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.
Oh so funny. Love the orange juice at the end.
My Favorite WC Fields Movie
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