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Silly Billies (1936)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Music | 20 March 1936 (USA)
Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey in the Old West, trying to set up their dental practice in a deserted town whose inhabitants have been targeted by bad guys and marauding Indians.

Director:

Fred Guiol

Writers:

Al Boasberg (screen play), Jack Townley (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Roy Banks
Robert Woolsey ... Dr. Philip 'Painless' Pennington
Dorothy Lee ... Mary Blake
Harry Woods ... Hank Bewley
Ethan Laidlaw ... Trigger
Chief Thunderbird Chief Thunderbird ... Chief Cyclone
Delmar Watson ... Martin
Richard Alexander ... John Little
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Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey in the Old West, trying to set up their dental practice in a deserted town whose inhabitants have been targeted by bad guys and marauding Indians.

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild West See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Tumble on Tumbleweed
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Dave Dreyer
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee and chorus
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An agreeable time-passer
18 January 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Okay, I've gotta admit up front that I have seen quite a few Wheeler and Woolsey movies and have never thought any of them were that funny. While not as unfunny as the awful Ritz Brothers or Allen and Rossi, this comedy team was not even close to being as funny as their contemporaries, the Marx Brothers or Laurel and Hardy. However, if you aren't expecting much magic, this is still an agreeable time-passer.

The boys are a dentist and his assistant traveling to the Old West to open a new practice. Once in town, they buy a business--only to wake up the next day and see that the entire population of this bustling town had left for the California gold fields early that morning! Then, they discover an evil plot to sell out these settlers to some hostile Indians, so they spring to the rescue.

The film has very few big laughs and as usual the chemistry between the duo isn't all that great. In fact, I recall having laughed out loud once. However, unlike many of their films, the plot isn't bad and they stick a lot closer to it than the other Wheeler and Woolsey films I've seen--this is a plus, as the duo just don't have the energy or charisma to act like the Marx Brothers. Also, while some have pointed out that this movie is not "politically correct", I was impressed that the Indians were in fact American Indians and not a bunch of white guys in paint (other than the boys, who were disguised as Indians)! All in all, not a great film but not bad either. While I enjoyed most of the film, the Chloroform gag at the end was pretty limp (you'd have to see it to understand--trust me, it's lame).


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