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It's A Gift Movie Review Summary

Actors: W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard

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Harold Bissonette (Fields) owns a small grocery/general store in NJ. He finds out that his Uncle Bean is on his deathbed and puts money down on a California orange farm sight unseen. His wife Amelia (Howard) is a relentless nag and his kids are beyond annoying. Hilariously, Bissonette suffers through all the petty indignities his family and customers hurl at him. He is so put upon that little things like shaving, getting to the breakfast table, keeping his tidy store intact, or getting a good nights sleep, are catastrophes waiting to happen; all the while resulting in classic comedy routines by him (Fields).
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Eventually, Uncle Bean passes away, so the rest of the family reluctantly packs up the family auto and heads west to their new life in California.

Along the way, they stop for a picnic on private property and they absolutely destroy the grounds by knocking over statuary, driving over shrubs, and running ruts into the lawn. They finally get to their orange grove and the place is a dump! Bissonette has the last laugh as he learns of a racetrack being built adjacent to his land. He holds out for a small fortune when the track's owner tries to negotiate a low price. The film ends with Bissonette contented and relaxing on his beautiful new real estate, a lovely orange grove.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Fletcher



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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Comedy or Parody about    -   dysfunctional family How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

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