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Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)

US 65m, B&W
Director: Clyde Bruckman; Cast: W. C. Fields, Mary Brian, Kathleen Howard, Grady Sutton, Vera Lewis

Man-Flying-TrapezeIn his familiar role as a henpecked husband driven to drink, W.C. Fields is Ambrose Wolfinger, a file clerk with an amazing memory and a love for professional wrestling. In this role, Fields is not only harassed by his wife, but by a nasty mother-in-law and a freeloading brother-in-law. Though still thin on plot, Man on the Flying Trapeze feels less gag oriented than many of Fields’ films and his character Wolfinger, perhaps the most sympathetic (Klaus Ming January 2015).

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2 comments on “Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)

  1. Hoosier X
    01/16/2015

    This movie is pretty awesome! Did you notice that one of the burglars in the basement is Walter Brennan? I think my favorite gag in this movie is where they make fun of Gertrude Stein where the wife is reading a poem from the newspaper. I am a big fan of Gertrude Stein, but I still think this scene is hilarious. (I’m not sure if Stein would have found it funny.)

    • Klaus
      01/17/2015

      I’m a big fan of all of W.C. Fields work, and no I did’t recognize Brennan — Not sure how I missed that!

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