“I have more pride than to marry into a family that thinks they’re too good for me!”
The daughter (Joan Marsh) of a poor inventor (W.C. Fields) finds her engagement compromised when the snooty mother (Kathleen Howard) of her fiancee (Buster Crabbe) disdains her family. Meanwhile, on the way home from a failed attempt to market his new puncture-proof tires, Fields befriends a kind princess (Adrienne Ames) who ends up saving the day.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Class Relations
- Cross-Class Romance
- Henpecked Husbands
- Mistaken Identities
- Royalty and Nobility
- W.C. Fields Films
Perhaps the most kindhearted of all of W.C. Fields’ comedies, You’re Telling Me tells a surprisingly sweet fairy tale about a well-meaning — if overly prone to tippling — henpecked husband who treats a strange woman with kindness (not knowing she’s really a princess), and finds himself amply rewarded in return. At just over an hour, the story is slight but nicely told; the addition of a classically Fieldsian comedic golfing sketch near the end seems gratuitous, but can fairly easily be forgiven as expected by his fans. Meanwhile, Ames — a real-life socialite and model who essentially played variations on herself onscreen — possesses an infectious charm, and is always pleasing to watch; who wouldn’t want a fairy princess like her to waltz into their life?
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A surprisingly sweet tale of Good Samaritanism
No, though it’s an amiable enough little comedy, and worth a watch if you’re in the mood.