Earthworm Tractors

Earthworm Tractors

Director: Ray Enright Cast: Joe E. Brown, June Travis, Guy Kibbee

DVD

Overview

Joe E. Brown was an ideal choice for the character of Alexander Botts, the brash, arrogant "natural born salesman" created for The Saturday Evening Post by William Hazlett Upton. As a representative for the Earthworm Tractor company, Botts tries to convince old-fashioned lumberman Guy Kibbee to buy his newfangled products. Several disastrous slapstick sequences later (including an hilarious setpiece in which Botts unwittingly tows away Kibbee's entire house!), Botts closes the deal, winning the hand of Kibbee's daughter June Travis in the process. Despite the character's unremitting cockiness, Joe E. Brown manages to make Alexander Botts immensely likeable. Earthworm Tractors was the next-to-last film on Joe E. Brown's Warner Bros. contract, and (with rare exceptions like 1938's The Gladiator) his last truly worthwhile vehicle of the thirties.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2015
UPC: 0644827103225
Original Release: 1936
Source: Reel Vault
Time: 1:09:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe E. Brown Alexander Botts
June Travis Mabel Johnson
Guy Kibbee Sam Johnson
Dick Foran Emmet McManus
Carol Hughes Sally Blair
Gene Lockhart George Healey
Olin Howland Mr. Blair
Joseph Crehan Mr. Henderson
Sarah Edwards Mrs. Blair
Charles Wilson H.J. Russell
Irving Bacon Taxicab Driver
Stuart Holmes The Doctor
William B. Davidson Mr. Jackson

Technical Credits
Ray Enright Director
Sam Bischoff Producer
Hugh Cummings Screenwriter
Douglas Gould Editor
Richard Macaulay Screenwriter
Arthur Todd Cinematographer
Joe Traub Screenwriter

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