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Harold Bissonette (W.C. Fields) is the owner of a small-town grocery store, husband of a harassing wife (Kathleen Howard) and father of two spoiled children, and his customers aren't much better. When Bissonette has the opportunity to buy an orange grove in California, he jumps at the chance to move across the country -- at the very least, to avoid an annoying insurance salesman (T. Roy Barnes). Unfortunately for him, the orange grove is not what he expected.

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W.C. Fields
Harold Bissonette
Baby LeRoy
Baby Dunk
Kathleen Howard
Amelia Bissonette
Tommy Bupp
Norman Bissonette
Tammany Young
Everett Ricks
Morgan Wallace
James Fitchmueller
T. Roy Barnes
Insurance Salesman
Jack Cunningham
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Henry Sharp
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Critic Reviews for It's a Gift

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Audience Reviews for It's a Gift

  • Aug 04, 2013
    A shop owner comes into an inheritance and moves his family to California. Filled with physical bits and an occasional wise-crack, <i>It's a Gift</i> 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 H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2010
    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 f Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2008
    Oh so funny. Love the orange juice at the end.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2007
    My Favorite WC Fields Movie
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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