The Old-Fashioned Way

The Old-Fashioned Way

W.C. Fields
Director: William Beaudine Cast: W.C. Fields
W.C. Fields
, Joe Morrison
Joe Morrison
, Judith Allen
Judith Allen
William Beaudine


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W.C. Fields plays the Great McGonigle, the manipulative manager of a large 19th century theatrical troupe, in The Old-Fashioned Way. Notorious for skipping board bills and forgetting the pay his actors, McGonigle descends on a small town, where he relies on the hospitality of a wealthy widow (Jan Duggan). He secures lodging for his cast and financing for his production by promising the widow a major part in his upcoming production of The Drunkard. The play goes on as schedule, but the widow's part is cut down to one line which she's never permitted to deliver. McGonigle escapes with his hide again, but not before securing the future happiness of his daughter (Judith Allen) so that she won't have to spend the rest of her life one step ahead of the sheriff. The storyline of The Old-Fashioned Way is conveniently shunted aside as W.C. Fields does battle with Baby LeRoy, cons everyone in sight with equanimity, and offers the audience an uninterrupted display of his remarkable juggling skills.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/2019
UPC: 0191329030462
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Mod
Time: 1:12:00
Sales rank: 43,882

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
W.C. Fields Great McGonigle
Joe Morrison Wally Livingston
Judith Allen Betty McGonigle
Jan Duggan Cleopatra Pepperday
Nora Cecil Mrs. Wendelschaffer
Baby Le Roy Albert Pepperday
Jack Mulhall Dick Bronson
Tammany Young Marmaduke Gump, company manager
Adrienne Ames Girl in Audience
Oscar Apfel Mr. Livingston, Wally's Father
Georgie Billings Kid in Railroad Car
Billy Bletcher Tomato Throwing Man
Richard Carle Sheriff from Barnesville
Davison Clark Passenger Who Loses Ticket
Samuel Ethridge Bartley Neuville
Sam Flint Man with Mallet
Otis Harlan Mr. Wendelschaffer
Maxine Hicks Waitress
Lew Kelly Sheriff Walter Jones
Edward J. Le Saint Conductor
Ruth Marion Agatha Sprague
Sam McDaniel Porter
Bob McKenzie Checkers Player
Thomas Miller Villager in Play
Joe Mills Charles Lowell
Emma Ray Mother Mack
Oscar Smith Porter
Jeffrey Williams Mr. Arden Rencelaw in Play
Clarence H. Wilson Sheriff Prettywillie
Duke York Stagehand

Technical Credits
William Beaudine Director
William Le Baron Producer
Jack Cunningham Screenwriter
John B. Goodman Art Director
Mack Gordon Songwriter
Harry Revel Score Composer
Benjamin F. Reynolds Cinematographer
Garnett Weston Screenwriter

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