Poppy (1936)

Poppy (1936)

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Sometimes movie-making is back-breaking work, something that comedian W.C. Fields found out first hand while performing in this sentimental remake of his silent comedy classic Sally of the Sawdust (1925). While riding an old-fashioned bicycle for a scene, Fields fell and fractured a vertebra. For the rest of the shooting he wore a painful back brace that hurt so terribly that he would sometimes lose consciousness after completing a scene. This coupled with the other serious health problems, did not stop Fields from making the film, but it did restrict the amount of times he appeared in it and a careful viewer may be able to notice the use of a double in many of the long-shots and in scenes where Field's back is to the camera. That Fields, trooper though he was, could not appear in more scenes is more apparent with the addition of plot twists and distracting musical interludes that did not appear in the original story of a huckster's attempts to prove that his adopted daughter is actually a long-missing kidnapped heiress.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Cast

W.C. Fields
as Prof. Eustace McGargle
Richard Cromwell
as Billy Farnsworth
Lynne Overman
as Attorney Whiffen
Catherine Doucet
as Countess Maggie Tubbs De Puizzi
Granville Bates
as Mayor Farnsworth
Catharine Doucet
as Countess Maggie Tubbs De Puizzi
Maude Eburne
as Sarah Tucker
Bill Wolfe
as Egmont
Adrian Morris
as Constable Bowman
Rosalind Keith
as Frances Parker
Ralph M. Remley
as Carnival Manager
Wade Boteler
as Bartender
Tom Herbert
as Astonished Barfly
Cyril Ring
as Yokel
Jack Baxley
as Yokel
Frank Sully
as Yokel
Eddy Waller
as Yokel
Dewey Robinson
as Calliope Driver
Tom Kennedy
as Hot Dog Vendor
Nora Cecil
as Woman
Grace Goodall
as Gossip
Ada May Moore
as Snake Charmer
Jerry Bergen
as Gardener
Doc Stone
as Deputy Sheriff
Malcolm Waite
as Deputy Sheriff
Dick Rush
as Deputy Sheriff
Charles McMurphy
as Constable
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In exquisitely poised shots that cut together at jolting angles, Mizoguchi reveals the unholy tangle of steadfast love with class barriers, economic forces, and stubbornly unjust traditions.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
New Yorker
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