There are certainly some big laughs to be had (as it includes many of Fields' greatest lines), and its surreal-like style is very ahead of its time. But, ultimately, it's a comedy with more misses than hits. The featured songs are lame and instantly forgettable, there's too many lackluster jokes and weak sketches, and even Fields' timing is surprisingly off in a lot of scenes. Close, but no Stingeroo.
A very ahead of its time comedy. The selfawareness of the characters and absurdity of the plot give it an almost Luis Bunuel or Dali quality. Not for the faint of heart, as it moves slowly at times, and not really a good introduction to Fields style, I would go with It's A Gift for that. Still some fabulous moments here. Lots of fun. 4.5 stars
Hitting and getting hit by little children: check. Jokes about alcohol abuse: check. Most absurdist, selfreferential plotline more than 40 years before Monty Python's Meaning of Life: check. It's kind of slow up to today's standards, but I found the absurdity of it all jawdropping and WC Fields' snarl and wisecracks always lighten up the day for me.