Review: ‘It’s a Gift’

Practically a comedy monolog for W.C. Fields, with little help from a number of others. No plot, no suspense; rather coarse-grained in spots, but packing a load of belly laughs for people who like that sort of humor.

Practically a comedy monolog for W.C. Fields, with little help from a number of others. No plot, no suspense; rather coarse-grained in spots, but packing a load of belly laughs for people who like that sort of humor.

The plot is merely that Fields buys a California orange grove and drives the family out in the car. It’s a bit of desert in between the other groves, but Fields is tipped off that it’s vital to the building of a racetrack, so he gets $40,000 and a real grove.

Fields holds the screen about 80% of the time, which is just as well since no one else is given anything. Kathleen Howard acts the bossy wife with main strength.

It's a Gift

Production

Paramount. Director Norman Z. McLeod; Producer William LeBaron; Screenplay Jack Cunningham, Charles Bogle [= W.C. Fields], J.P. McEvoy; Camera Henry Sharp; Art Director Hans Dreier, John B. Goodman

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 73 MIN.

With

W.C. Fields Jean Rouverol Julian Madison Kathleen Howard Tammany Young Baby LeRoy
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