It's a Gift Reviews
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.
I despise the wife. Terribly miscast, with her British accent & overacting. The kids are annoying too. But I want to physically harm the wife. I know she was written to be annoying, but the most annoying thing about her is how painfully clear it is that she does not belong in this movie.
Harold: No, I don't know Carl LaFong - capital L, small a, capital F, small o, small n, small g. And if I did know Carl LaFong, I wouldn't admit it!
This film was so dull & jokes where far too labored & it took that long for a joke when it happened it just wasn't that funny.
This is a prime example of a film that hasn't stood the test of time, it would have been sensational in the 30's but comedy has changed. Other than a few early Hollywood locations this film didn't have much for me to appreciate....it was tedious & dull.