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On Again-Off Again (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 9 July 1937 (USA)
This wacky vaudeville-style romp casts the irreverent comedy team as feuding co-owners of a drug company.

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writers:

Nat Perrin (screen play), Benny Rubin (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... William Hobbs
Robert Woolsey ... Claude Horton
Marjorie Lord ... Florence Cole
Patricia Wilder ... Gertie Green
Esther Muir ... Nettie Horton
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Applegate
Russell Hicks ... George Dilwig
George Meeker ... Tony
Maxine Jennings ... Miss Meeker
Kitty McHugh Kitty McHugh ... Miss Parker
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Sanford
Alec Harford Alec Harford ... Slip Grogan
Pat Flaherty ... Mr. Green
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This wacky vaudeville-style romp casts the irreverent comedy team as feuding co-owners of a drug company.

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Taglines:

Those Goofy Guys on the Roar Path! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 27 August 1937)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ora, Pílulas! See more »

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Budget:

$214,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Peple's play, "A Pair of Sixes," opened at Broadway's Longacre Theatre in New York City on 17 March 1914 and closed in September 1914 after 207 performances, The opening night cast included Maude Eburne and Hale Hamilton. See more »

Quotes

William Hobbs: How much would you charge me to call you a half-witted horse's neck?
Claude Horton: A half-witted horse's neck? Now let me see...that'll cost you a hundred.
William Hobbs: Make it $75!
Claude Horton: What do you think this is...a cut-rate drugstore? One hundred!
William Hobbs: One hundred for a little thing like that? Why you cheap, chiseling crook!
Claude Horton: That's the hundred.
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Version of A Pair of Sixes (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

One Happy Family
(1937)
Music and Lyrics by Dave Dreyer and Herman Ruby
Sung and Danced by Bert Wheeler (uncredited), Robert Woolsey (uncredited) and chorus
Later Sung a cappella by Robert Woolsey (uncredited)
Played often in the score
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Not a great place to start
14 July 2006 | by LynxMatthewsSee all my reviews

As a Wheeler and Woolsey fan, I have run across a few people here and there who cannot stomach W&W at all. While the duo can be an acquired taste in general, I would imagine if this movie was my first exposure to W&W, I probably would not have looked too much further into their work. This is not a good vehicle and they seem a little tired in general. Possibly explained by Woolsey's health issue mentioned in the trivia section.

We start with the concept of the duo as enemies. Half the fun of a Wheeler and Woolsey film is watching them get out of trouble together. They occasionally stab each other in the back, but the underlying friendship is always there. From the start of On Again, Off Again, they are at odds, and their cinematic chemistry suffers as well. The comedy seems more forced than madcap.

The plot has them owning a big pharmaceutical company, but since they argue all the time, nothing gets done. They decide to wrestle for ownership of the company. Loser becomes the winners servant for a year. There have been worse premises, but this just goes nowhere.

Luckily, their next and final film, High Flyers, would end the duo's film career on a better note. Woolsey seems more like himself in that one and does some sublime dancing.


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