You'Re Telling Me

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Sam Bisbee (W.C. Fields) is a struggling inventor having trouble scraping up enough money to support his family. He devises a puncture-proof tire, but a demonstration for auto company executives goes awry. Eventually, Bisbee's efforts are rewarded with a check for $1 million. While most of Fields's films were virtually plotless, YOU'RE TELLING ME has a...read more

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Sam Bisbee (W.C. Fields) is a struggling inventor having trouble scraping up enough money to support his family. He devises a puncture-proof tire, but a demonstration for auto company executives goes awry. Eventually, Bisbee's efforts are rewarded with a check for $1 million. While most of

Fields's films were virtually plotless, YOU'RE TELLING ME has a complex, linear story line that gives him lots of room for comedy and a surprising number of opportunities to show off his talents as a serious actor. Fields demonstrates heretofore untapped sensitivity in several scenes--especially

when he delivers an antisuicide speech. This is also a superior Fields vehicle in that the comedian is on screen throughout--unlike many of his other films, in which his appearances are infrequent and sometimes almost incidental to other plot lines, romances, or musical numbers. Held to a taut 67

minutes, the film concentrates wholly on Fields and allows him to develop a full, emotionally complex, fascinating character. The stronger the characterization, the better the film, and YOU'RE TELLING ME is a great testament to Fields's skills as comedian and actor. One of its finest moments is

Fields's famed golf routine, which is also seen in SO'S YOUR OLD MAN and in the sound short THE GOLF SPECIALIST.

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