You’re Telling Me!

You’re Telling Me! (1934) starring W. C. Fields, Adrienne Ames, Buster Crabbe, Joan Marsh

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W.C. Fields plays an inventor with a taste for drink in You’re Telling Me!, a rough-and-tumble Pre-Code. Having failed to sell his latest invention, Sam Bisbee (Fields) meets Marie Lescaboura (Adrienne Ames) on the train-ride back to Crystal Springs, unaware that she is a foreign princess traveling incognito. Deciding to help make her new friend a success, Marie pays a visit to Sam’s hometown where she attempts to turn an uncouth eccentric into the darling of the country club set. Co-starring Joan Marsh and Larry “Buster” Crabbe, this zany gem also features Fields’ uproarious recreation of his classic golfing sketch first performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1918.

Funny movie quotes from You’re Telling Me!

Princess Lescaboura: Mrs. Bisbee, you’re the luckiest woman in the world.

Pauline Bisbee: Is my husband dead?

Sam Bisbee: It’s a funny ol’ world… Man’s lucky if he gets out of it alive.

Sam Bisbee: [to Mrs. Bisbee] My little daughter doesn’t have to be in a hurry to marry anyone. [to Pauline] Pick and choose, dear. Liberty is sweet. Once you’re married, it’s just like being in jail.

Sam Bisbee: [to the Princess, who he believes is contemplating suicide] When you wake up in the morning and find yourself dead, you’ll regret it.

Sam Bisbee: [to his assistant] If I had enough money to pay your back salary, I’d fire you.

Sam Bisbee: Thank you, Mayor. You haven’t a little dram on your hip, have you?

Sam Bisbee: [on his golf clubs] I bought a wonderful club in Toronto.

Princess Lescaboura: Did you?

Sam Bisbee: Yeah. [to his caddy] Give me the Canadian Club.

Sam Bisbee: Stand clear and keep your eye on the ball!

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