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      You're Telling Me

      1934 1h 7m Comedy List
      Reviews 81% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Sam Bisbee (W.C. Fields) is an eccentric optometrist who moonlights as an amateur inventor. Unfortunately his inventions are largely useless and have, along with his own various gaffes, made him the laughingstock of the town. Only his daughter Pauline (Joan Marsh) has any confidence in him. When Bisbee's one shot at fame ends up backfiring spectacularly, it takes the fortuitous intervention of a princess (Adrienne Ames) to set things right and show the world that Sam Bisbee means business. Read More Read Less

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      Otis Ferguson The New Republic The only thing to be said for You're Telling Me as a film is that it stars W.C. Fields -- which is quite enough... He leaves a residue of something more real, more touching than the froth and fizzle of wit alone. Jan 22, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Fields was never better than when playing browbeaten characters, and he's particularly sympathetic in this picture. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 30, 2022 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine W. C. Fields makes pleasant comedy out of the small-town-inventor story... Apr 17, 2020 Full Review Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair W. C. Fields, the favorite comedian this season, in a full-length comedy with some swell dialogue by J. P. McEvoy. Jun 6, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Never heard of this movie before, and rather liked it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A fun classic W.C. Fields, this time playing an inventor who makes a possible million-dollar idea: car tires that don't go flat. Although the idea of Fields playing an inventor sounds like lots of ideas for wacky gags, it's not really about that, but about the failed attempts and the depression of the inventor. Oh but believe me, it is very funny, with even the scene of attempted suicide being incredibly funny... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Not W.C.'s best, but still very good, with some absolutely classic moments. The story just isn't well developed enough. The third act drags. But absolutely worth seeing. I mean, it's only 67 fucking minutes. Go for it. See all his movies. The man was a damn genius. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Very funny Fields film that contains some classic moments such as walking an ostrich and a nice reenactment of his short "The Golf Specialist." Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Despite an absurdly funny climactic golf scene, "You're Telling Me!" pales in comparison to Fields' best work. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A good Fields movie, but not a classic. A lot of gags, mostly in the first act, fall flat; for example Fields tries to do the Stan Laurel bit where he makes simple tasks like closing a door look so difficult, be he fails in comparison. But there are a number of hilarious sequences as well, like the final act at the golf course which is an almost line-by-line remake of his classic short "The Golf Specialist", and its almost as perfect here especially with an added plot precursor. Overall pretty funny. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Sam Bisbee (W.C. Fields) is an eccentric optometrist who moonlights as an amateur inventor. Unfortunately his inventions are largely useless and have, along with his own various gaffes, made him the laughingstock of the town. Only his daughter Pauline (Joan Marsh) has any confidence in him. When Bisbee's one shot at fame ends up backfiring spectacularly, it takes the fortuitous intervention of a princess (Adrienne Ames) to set things right and show the world that Sam Bisbee means business.
      Director
      Erle C. Kenton
      Screenwriter
      Walter DeLeon, Paul M. Jones
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Mar 20, 2007
      Runtime
      1h 7m