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Six of a Kind
     

Six of a Kind

Director: Leo McCarey, Charlie Ruggles, Mary Boland, George Burns

Cast: Leo McCarey, Charlie Ruggles, Mary Boland, George Burns

 
The "six" are Charlie Ruggles, Mary Boland, George Burns, Gracie Allen, W.C. Fields, and Alison Skipworth, who star in this cross-country comedy. Planning a motor vacation to California, J. Pinkham Whinney (Ruggles) and Flora Whinney (Boland) advertise for a couple to help drive and share expenses. That couple turns out to be George Edwards (Burns) and Gracie De Vore

Overview

The "six" are Charlie Ruggles, Mary Boland, George Burns, Gracie Allen, W.C. Fields, and Alison Skipworth, who star in this cross-country comedy. Planning a motor vacation to California, J. Pinkham Whinney (Ruggles) and Flora Whinney (Boland) advertise for a couple to help drive and share expenses. That couple turns out to be George Edwards (Burns) and Gracie De Vore (Allen), accompanied by Allen's surly Great Dane. Whinney is driven to near-insanity by Edwards' intrusiveness and stupidity, but the worst is yet to come: thanks to a crooked co-worker, Whinney has been accused of stealing bank funds and is now an unwitting fugitive from justice. Sheriff Hoxley (W.C. Fields, who spends a priceless ten minutes explaining why he's called "Honest John") joins forces with hotel proprietor Mrs. "Duchess" K. Rumford (Alison Skipworth) in hopes of capturing Whinney and claiming the reward. After a zany night of everybody in the cast running in and out of hotel rooms, the real crook is captured and Whinney and Flora prepare to enjoy what's left of their vacation.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Six of a Kind has all the ingredients for a classic comedy -- six comedic actors of considerable repute, a director (Leo McCarey) who helmed a number of laugh-out-loud films, and a premise that is ripe for mining laughs. Unfortunately, the results, while amusing, are also rather disappointing. A large portion of the blame rests with George Burns and Gracie Allen. Although this famous team was much beloved on radio and TV, their motion picture appearances were a variable lot -- and this is not one of their better jobs. Partially, it's the jokes, which are not as funny as they need to be, but a greater problem is that the two aren't framed properly, especially Allen, and so end up being more often annoying than amusing. The episodic script also is not as sharp as it needs to be, and McCarey's direction is a bit off. Fortunately, Six does have one true classic routine, W.C. Fields' incredible pool routine, one of the finest bits of comedy ever put on film. Fields is in fine form throughout, as is the ever-enjoyable Alison Skipworth as his partner. And Mary Boland and Charlie Ruggles are as delightful as always, which is saying quite a bit. These four help lift Six out of its rut; if they can't get it to soar, they at least keep it moving along enjoyably.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2017
UPC:
0025192397578
Original Release:
1934
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:03:00
Sales rank:
15,977

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlie Ruggles J. Pinkham Whinney
Mary Boland Flora Whinney
George Burns George Edwards
W.C. Fields Sheriff "Honest John" Hoxley
Gracie Allen Gracie De Vore
Alison Skipworth Mrs. "Duchess" K. Rumford
Bradley Page Ferguson
Grace Bradley Trixie
William J. Kelly A.B. Gillette
James Burke Sparks
Dick Rush Steele
Walter Long Butch
Leo Willis Mike
Lew Kelly Joe
Tammany Young Dr. Busby
Phil Tead Newspaper Accountant
William Augustin Cop
Irving Bacon Hotel Desk Clerk
Harry Bernard Eyeshade Man
Kathleen Burke Woman
Neal Burns Bank President's Secretary
Phil Dunham Drunk
Martin Faust Porter
Verna Hillie Bank Safety Deposit Clerk
Alfred P. James Tom
Sam Lufkin Hotel Clerk, Glen Falls
Bob McKenzie Good Time Charlie
George Pearce Tourist
Lee Phelps Airline Official
Florence Enright Tourist's Wife

Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director
Walter de Leon Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Douglas MacLean Original Story
Robert Odell Art Director
Ralph Rainger Score Composer
Harry Ruskin Screenwriter
Henry Sharp Cinematographer
LeRoy Stone Editor
Keene Thompson Original Story

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