You're Telling Me!
William LeBaron, Emanuel Cohen (executive) for Paramount
directed by Erle C. Kenton
starring W.C. Fields, Joan March, Buster Crabbe (= Larry Crabbe), Audrienne Ames, Louise Carter, Kathleen Howard, Tammany Young, Dell Henderson, James B.'Pop' Kenton, Robert McKenzie, Nora Cecil, George Irving, Frederick Sullivan, Dorothy Bay, Elise Cavanna, Florence Enright, Isabel La Mal, James C.Morton, Eddie Baker, William Robyns, John M.Sullivan
screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Paul M.Jones, W.C. Fields, dialogue by J.P. McEvoy, based on the story Mr. Bisbee's Princess by Julian Street, music by John Leipold, Tom Satterfield
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Young Pauline Bisbee (Joan March) is in love with Bob Murchison (Buster
Crabbe), who's a rich family's son while her roost are rather humble - and
when Bob's snooty mother (Kathleen Howard) comes over to the Bisbee's
place to discuss the whole thing and Pauline's mum (Louise Carter) has
almost convinced her of the worthiness of her family, Pauline's dad Sam
(W.C. Fields), a clumsy, unsuccessful and alcoholic inventor
destroys the whole thing.
Sam is not a hopeless case though, he has just
invented a tire that cannot be punctured and travels to New York to sell
it to a big tire company - but a series of misunderstandings lead him to
puncture all four tires of a policecar and having to escape the city in a
hurry - by train, because he has mislaid his own car in the
process. On the train, he meets Princess Lescaboura (Adrienne Ames), but
mistakes her for a plain girl trying to commit suicide and thinks by
talking to her he saves her from a big mistake by just talking to her.
Suicide couldn't have been further from the Princess's mind, but she is
touched by his gesture, and immediately takes a liking to his
plain-talking ways, so she figures on repaying him and schedules an
official visit to his village the very next day, where she is of course
welcomed by the Murchisons - but she insists on making Sam her personal
companion during the visit and sees to it that he gets to open a new golf
course, just to impress the hell out of the Murchisons and get Pauline and
Bob back together again.
Everything turns out fine, and in the end even
the chairmen of the tire company show up and tell Sam they have found his
car with the puncture-proof tires and offer him a large fortune for his
So ok, this film is based on a horrendously silly,
fairy tale-like story that isn't even tailored to lead W.C. Fields' needs
all that well - but what Fields makes out of it is for the most part
pretty hilarious, as the film works better seen as a series of comic
setpieces than an actual plot-driven film, and a showcase for W.C. Fields'
comic talents rather than a character study.
By the way, the
lengthy scene at the golf course was a reenactment from an identical scene
in Fields' short The Golf
Specialist, while the film as such was a remake of Fields' earlier
So's Your Old Man!.