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It's a Gift (1934)

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In this film, W.C. Fields is in fine fettle as small-town grocer Harold Bissonette. Harold dreams of becoming an orange farmer, but his gorgon wife will have none of it. After a grueling day at the store, however, Harold announces that he's sold the store and bought an orange grove.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy
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In Theaters:
 limited
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Runtime:
Studio:
Universal Studios Home Video

Cast

W.C. Fields
as Harold Bissonette
Baby Le Roy
as Baby Dunk
Kathleen Howard
as Amelia Bissonette
Jean Rouverol
as Mildred Bissonette
Julian Madison
as John Durston
Tommy Bupp
as Norman Bissonette
Tammany Young
as Everett Ricks
Morgan Wallace
as Jasper Fitchmueller
Charles Sellon
as Mr. Muckle/Blind Man/House Detective
Dell Henderson
as Mr. Abernathy
Diana Lewis
as Miss Dunk
T. Roy Barnes
as Insurance Salesman
Spencer Charters
as Gate Guard
Guy Usher
as Harry Payne Bosterly
Buster
as Dog
Jerry Mandy
as Vegetable Man
Patsy O'Byrne
as Mrs. Frobisher
Edith Kingdon
as Old Woman in Limousine
James Burke
as Iceman
William H. Tooker
as Old Man in Limousine
Budd Fine
as Driver
Eddie Baker
as Yard Attendant
Chill Wills
as Campfire Singer
Jane Withers
as Hopscotch Girl
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Critic Reviews for It's a Gift

All Critics (11)

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

W.C. Fields in his prime. If not his best, not far from it.

November 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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,

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

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
cody franklin

Super Reviewer

Oh so funny. Love the orange juice at the end.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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