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Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935) was a Comedy - Black-and-white Film directed by W.C. Fields and Clyde Bruckman and produced by Adolph Zukor and William LeBaron.

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The Man on the Flying Trapeze

By Brandy Dean on Jul 15, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

The Man on the Flying Trapeze is a nice little movie blog from David Inman, focusing on Hollywood classics from the years 1925-1935. We’re sold! And you get exactly what’s advertised at The Man on the Flying Trapeze – reviews, pictorial essays, and examination of Hollywood classics... Read full article


Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)

By Beatrice on May 10, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Man on the Flying Trapeze Directed by Clyde Bruckman 1935/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing Ambrose Wolfinger: Yes it is, very hard. It’s almost impossible. No trapeze here. ?A day in the life of Ambrose Wolfinger (W.C. Fields)?begins with two singing burglars in his basement. ?We then fo... Read full article


Previously on The Man on the Flying Trapeze ...

By David on Nov 4, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

"Platinum Blonde and the Birth of Cinderella Man" "Ladies They Talk About," or Barbara Stanwyck, Badass "Dance, Fools, Dance" and the MGM Effect Un-Awkward Early Talkie Theatre: "Flight"... Read full article


Previously on The Man on the Flying Trapeze ...

By David on Nov 4, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

"Platinum Blonde and the Birth of Cinderella Man" "Ladies They Talk About," or Barbara Stanwyck, Badass "Dance, Fools, Dance" and the MGM Effect Un-Awkward Early Talkie Theatre: "Flight"... Read full article


Salute Your Shorts: Popeye in "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" (1934)

By David on Oct 24, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

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Homicidal maniac in cell: I had three wives.
Ambrose Wolfinger: Oh, yes.
Homicidal maniac in cell: But this is the first one I killed in all my life!
Ambrose Wolfinger: Oh, that's in your favor, yeah.
Homicidal maniac in cell: [Groans]
Ambrose Wolfinger: They have no more case against you than a sheep has against a butcher.


Ambrose Wolfinger: My poor mother-in-law died three days ago. I'm attending her funeral this afternoon.
Ambrose's Secretary: Isn't that terrible, Mr. Wolfinger!
Ambrose Wolfinger: Yes, it's terrible. It's awful. Horrible tragedy.
Ambrose's Secretary: It must be hard to lose your mother-in-law.
Ambrose Wolfinger: Yes it is, very hard. It's almost impossible.


Ambrose Wolfinger: Sweetheart, I take an oath on your poor mother's grave. I never saw the wrestling matches this afternoon. Things happened!


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Facts about

This was the last film directed by Clyde Bruckman. Although Bruckman's name appears on the credit, this film was actually directed by W.C. Fields, who took over after Bruckman had to quit early in the shoot due to the effects of his alcoholism. This is the only film on which Fields technically worked as his own director.
Mr Wolfinger's secretary is played by Carlotta Monti, who in real life was the mistress of W.C. Fields.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
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