The Old Fashioned Way (1934) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Old Fashioned Way (1934)





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W.C. Fields plays the Great McGonigle, the manipulative manager of a large 19th century theatrical troupe. 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.


W.C. Fields
as Great McGonigle
Baby Le Roy
as Albert Pepperday
Judith Allen
as Betty McGonigle
Joe Morrison
as Wally Livingston
Jan Duggan
as Cleopatra Pepperday
Nora Cecil
as Mrs. Wendelschaffer
Jack Mulhall
as Dick Bronson
Joe Mills
as Charles Lowell
Samuel Ethridge
as Bartley Neuville
Emma Ray
as Mother Mack
Georgie Billings
as Kid in Railroad Car
Ruth Marion
as Agatha Sprague
Richard Carle
as Barnesville Sheriff
Otis Harlan
as Mr. Wendelschaffer
Tammany Young
as Marmaduke Gump
Maxine Hicks
as Waitress
Lew Kelly
as Sheriff Walter Jones
Davison Clark
as Passenger Who Loses Ticket
Larry Grenier
as Drover Stevens in Play
William Blatchford
as Landlord of the Saloon in Play
Thomas Miller
as Villager in Play
Jeffrey Williams
as Mr. Arden Rencelaw in Play
Donald Brown
as Minister in Play
Tom Miller
as Villager in Play
Adrienne Ames
as Girl in Audience
Clarence Wilson
as Sheriff Prettywillie
Billy Bletcher
as Tomato Throwing Man
Bob McKenzie
as Checkers Player
George A. Billings
as Kid in Railroad Car
Oscar Apfel
as Mr. Livingston, Wally's Father
Marvin Loback
as Man Sleeping Beneath Fields
Duke York
as Stagehand
Sam Flint
as Man with Mallet
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Critic Reviews for The Old Fashioned Way

All Critics (4)

Watching Fields spar with Baby LeRoy is a treat.

November 13, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There really isn't anything to The Old-Fashioned Way except W. C. Fields. But W. C. Fields could play almost anything from Humpty Dumpty to Hamlet and make it notable.

October 2, 2019 | Full Review…

W.C. Fields is in fine comic form.

September 10, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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