Passed | | Comedy, Musical
Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when... See full summary »
This film marks the second attempt (after "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man") by W. C. Fields to get the "Madame Gorgeous" plot line into a film. She was supposed to be either his wife (in "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man") or his sister (here) and would die in a fall during a high-wire circus act. The "plant" for her death, in which Fields warns Gorgeous (Anne Nagel) about the risk involved in doing the act as stunt double for a star in a circus film, remains in the film but the actual death does not because once again Universal's executives insisted that such a tragic scene did not belong in a comedy.
Why didn't you ever marry?
The Great Man: I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm indebted to her for.
During the car chase, the time on clock in Fields' car varies erratically between scenes.
The film opens with W. C. Fields' credit as star over a cartoon caricature of him. Then the chest of the character expands to bloated proportions, and the title of the film is printed on Fields' huge cartoon chest.