Made to order for W. C. Fields and permitting him to do his old cigar-box juggling among other things, The Old Fashioned Way is light comedy material that will please the Fields followers.
A repertoire troupe of the days when The Drunkard and East Lynne were big draws serves as the background and the small town of Bellefontaine, O, is the locale. It is here that the Great McGonigle, who heads the rep company, runs into all kinds of difficulties, most of them of a financial origin.
At the outset the troupe is on the way to the next stand, Bellefontaine. Train sequences provide some pretty good laughs from the beginning as McGonigle skips a summons and accidentally falls heir to an upper berth, not to mention the reception at Bellefontaine he mistakingly believes to be in his honor.
Joe Morrison is worked in for songs with suitable spots provided for him during the Drunkard sequence. Morrison’s voice registers well and on the love interest he carries himself through satisfactorily. Romantic side of the story [by Charles Bogle (= W.C. Fields)] treated lightly but has its place as fitted in, Judith Allen holding up the other end adequately.