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The 8 May 1926 Motion Picture News announced that filming was completed at the Long Island City, NY, Paramount Studios. The movie was W. C. Field's first starring vehicle.
       The source of the film was a series of comedy sketches written by Joseph Patrick McEvoy for W. C. Fields for a 1924 show entitled The Comic Supplement. Although The Comic Supplement, which was variously titled J. P. McEvoy's Comic Supplement and The Comic Supplement (of American Life), did not have a Broadway run, portions of the show were incorporated into the 1925 Ziegfeld Follies. Aspects of that show, as well as It's the Old Army Game were the basis for Fields's 1934 Paramount film It's a Gift (see entry). ...

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The 8 May 1926 Motion Picture News announced that filming was completed at the Long Island City, NY, Paramount Studios. The movie was W. C. Field's first starring vehicle.
       The source of the film was a series of comedy sketches written by Joseph Patrick McEvoy for W. C. Fields for a 1924 show entitled The Comic Supplement. Although The Comic Supplement, which was variously titled J. P. McEvoy's Comic Supplement and The Comic Supplement (of American Life), did not have a Broadway run, portions of the show were incorporated into the 1925 Ziegfeld Follies. Aspects of that show, as well as It's the Old Army Game were the basis for Fields's 1934 Paramount film It's a Gift (see entry).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
18 Jul 1926
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Motion Picture News
8 May 1926
p. 2259
New York Times
5 Jul 1926
p. 6
Variety
7 Jul 1926
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Edward Sutherland
Dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Tom J. Geraghty
Scen
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on comedy sketchws by Joseph Patrick McEvoy for The Comic Supplement (1924).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 May 1926
Production Date:
ended Apr 1926
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
25 May 1926
LP22763
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,889
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Elmer Prettywillie, the village druggist, is awakened by a woman who needs a 2-cent stamp in the middle of the night. Seeking again a state of somnolence, Prettywillie must contend with the clamorous collectors of garbage, and with those of his own castle who have caught forty winks and then some. The letter-carrying lady, in trying to post her missive, manages to summon the city's fire department to the pharmacy where, unable to find a fire, they sit and sip sodas while Prettywillie panders to their every want. When they leave, a bit of a blaze does erupt, but Prettywillie is forced to his own resources. Meanwhile, George Parker is smitten with Elmer's buxom assistant and uses the storefront to promote a bogus land deal. The Prettywillie fortune is thus inflated, enabling the purchase of a flivver, but Elmer ends up wrecking a Florida estate and finally the flivver, foiling the schemers and delighting the denizens of the town, whose jubilation Elmer takes for an acute case of distemper. He jails himself for ...

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Elmer Prettywillie, the village druggist, is awakened by a woman who needs a 2-cent stamp in the middle of the night. Seeking again a state of somnolence, Prettywillie must contend with the clamorous collectors of garbage, and with those of his own castle who have caught forty winks and then some. The letter-carrying lady, in trying to post her missive, manages to summon the city's fire department to the pharmacy where, unable to find a fire, they sit and sip sodas while Prettywillie panders to their every want. When they leave, a bit of a blaze does erupt, but Prettywillie is forced to his own resources. Meanwhile, George Parker is smitten with Elmer's buxom assistant and uses the storefront to promote a bogus land deal. The Prettywillie fortune is thus inflated, enabling the purchase of a flivver, but Elmer ends up wrecking a Florida estate and finally the flivver, foiling the schemers and delighting the denizens of the town, whose jubilation Elmer takes for an acute case of distemper. He jails himself for safekeeping.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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