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THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE starring W. C. FIELDS, MARY BRYAN, KATHLEEN HOWARD, GRADY SUTTON, TAMMANY YOUNG and WALTER BRENNAN (yes, Walter Brennan!)

No character W.C. Fields ever played had more reason to drink than Ambrose Wolfinger, the hero of his hilariously painful masterwork, THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE. Over the course of the film, Ambrose suffers on a Job-like scale--getting arrested for manufacturing liquor without a license; being wrongly accused of having an affair with his secretary (portrayed by Field’s real-life paramour Carlotta Monti); receiving four traffic tickets in a row; and absorbing numerous insults hurled by his nagging wife, mother-in-law, and good-for-nothing brother-in-law. It’s no wonder Ambrose sneaks sips of applejack in the bathroom while pretending to brush his teeth.

The much put upon breadwinner harbors one secret wish--to attend the wrestling match of the century between Tosoff, the Russian Behemoth (Tor Johnson) and Hookallockah Meshobbab, the Persian Giant (Harry Ezekian)--but to do so, Ambrose must fib to his boss to take his first afternoon off in 25 years. Will the employer believe Wolfinger’s excuse that he has to attend the funeral of his mother-in-law, who kicked the bucket drinking poison liquor? Will Ambrose make it to the wrestling matches in time to catch the big fight? And will his horrid in-laws ultimately receive their much-needed comeuppance? You’ll have to find out for yourself. I’m not telling. However, I will guarantee that you won’t regret taking the time to enjoy this overlooked gem.

THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE is the most unfairly ignored picture of W.C. Fields’ career. In terms of quality and laughs, Trapeze comes in a close third to the Great Man’s other domestic masterpieces, IT’S A GIFT (1934) and THE BANK DICK (1940). However, it hasn’t received a fraction of the acclaim or the audience that those better-known films have attracted. Let’s remedy that.

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