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The Old Fashioned Way (1934) was a Comedy Film directed by William Beaudine and produced by William LeBaron and Emanuel Cohen.

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The Old Fashioned Way (1934)

By Beatrice on Apr 12, 2013 From Flickers in Time

The Old Fashioned Way Directed by William Beaudine 1934/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing The Great McGonigle: [sarcastically] No, I had the presence of mind to fall on my head. It is the Gay Nineties and W.C. Fields plays The Great McGonigle, proprietor of a travelling theater company that put... Read full article


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The Great McGonigle: [as the boarding house guest are eating] The soup sounds good.


The Great McGonigle: [In character in "The Drunkard," the play-within-a play] It ain't a fit night out for man or beast!


The Great McGonigle: [after Baby Albert has splashed soup over him] I don't know whether to eat from the coat or the plate!
Cleopatra Pepperday: [after Baby Albert throws McGonigles watch into a bowl of molasses] Oh, Albert! Look what you've done to Mr. McGonigle's watch! Oh...
[the watch is shown sinking]
Cleopatra Pepperday: Oh, I'm so sorry... Oh, Mr. McGonigle!
The Great McGonigle: It's all right.
Cleopatra Pepperday: He has such an impulsive nature.
The Great McGonigle: Yeah, just like my own. Don't apo;ogize. It's all right. It's just a little child... it's just a little child.
Cleopatra Pepperday: Oh, he does the cutest things!
The Great McGonigle: That he does!
Cleopatra Pepperday: You should see him when no one's around.
The Great McGonigle: Oh, I'd like to catch him sometime when...
[Correcting himself]
The Great McGonigle: Uh, SEE him sometime when no one's around.
Cleopatra Pepperday: Oh, Albert, why did you do that?
The Great McGonigle: [Mumbling to himself] Bet the minute hand won't be a bit of use after this!
Cleopatra Pepperday: Mr. McGonigle, I hope he hasn't hurt your watch.
The Great McGonigle: [Sarcastically] Oh, no, how could you hurt a watch by dipping it in molasses?
Cleopatra Pepperday: Oh, he's never done that before.
[She titters]
The Great McGonigle: Well, I hope he doesn't do it again - not with this watch.


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The sheriff serving McGonigle the writ comes from New Philadelphia. Philadelphia was Fields' home town, a city he reportedly detested.
When McGonigle first sees Cleopatra, he says "Who's the old squgelum over there?" "Squigelum" is a Fields nonsense word. He would use it again in "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" to describe the kissing game he teaches Ouliotta Hemogloben.
'W. C. Fields' recreates his famous vaudeville juggling routine with the cigar boxes.
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