in about 100 words or less
US 70m, B&W
Director: William Beaudine; Cast: W.C. Fields, Joe Morrison, Baby LeRoy, Judith Allen, Jan Duggan, Tammany Young, Nora Cecil, Oscar Apfel
The Old Fashioned Way is a lighthearted musical comedy about a travelling theatre company led by “The Great McGonigle”, a shifty, fast talking, child hating entrepreneur who attempts to keep one step of his bad credit and law enforcement. As a day in the life of the troupe, much of the film consists of rehearsal and their performance in a small town where McGonigle flatters an untalented wealthy widow who hopes to appear in their play. Of note, the performance includes an amazing vaudeville routine by Fields in which he adeptly performs a juggling act which seems to defy his portly physique and predilection for booze (Klaus Ming January 2015).