A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ...
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William A. Wellman
A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, depending on your mood, but it's quite possibly the funniest movie ever made, and becomes even funnier with subsequent viewings.Written by
The stadium seen in aerial shots and used for stock and staged track and field footage is the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This was the main venue of the 1932 Olympic Games; as well as track and field, it hosted field hockey, gymnastics, and the show jumping portion of the equestrian competition. The stock footage of track events and stadium crowds may have been from a USC or UCLA event, as both schools used the Coliseum for football games and track meets at the time. See more »
The film depicts a mile-long race at the 1932 Olympics. In 1932, as today, all Olympic track events were run over metric distances, including the so-called "metric mile" of 1,500 meters. See more »
The blood that runs in my father's veins, runs in mine! If I can't make you come with me, I'm not half the man my father is.
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W. C Fields is the hot tempered President of Klopstokia, an impoverished country where the Presidency is decided by arm wrestling matches. All Klopstokians have impossible athletic abilitites. This 1932 classic is a fun, wacked out laff riot. The writing is perfect. (Sample Fields dialog; "The Constitution forbids me to hit a man under 200 pounds." "I just had my lunch of roast goat stuffed with eel." Lyda Roberti is hysterical as Mata Macree, a Brooklyn accented femme fetale "Not too clozz boyzz, youse catch on fi-yer." 62 minutes of genius comedy.
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