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Chicken Wagon Family (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 August 1939 (USA)
Addie Fippany, her father Jean Paul Batiste Fippany, her mother Josephine and her sister Cecile roam the country-side in a mule-drawn wagon, trading trinkets to farmers for chickens which ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Viola Brothers Shore (screenplay), Barry Benefield (based upon a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Withers ... Addie Fippany
Leo Carrillo ... Jean Paul Batiste Fippany
Marjorie Weaver ... Cecile Fippany
Spring Byington ... Josephine Fippany
Kane Richmond ... Matt Hibbard
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Henri Fippany
Hamilton MacFadden Hamilton MacFadden ... Auctioneer
Inez Palange Inez Palange ... Mrs. Buzzi
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Addie Fippany, her father Jean Paul Batiste Fippany, her mother Josephine and her sister Cecile roam the country-side in a mule-drawn wagon, trading trinkets to farmers for chickens which they sell in the cities. Addie and her father love the care-free life, but Mrs. Fippany and Cecile want to settle down in New York City. As soon as the "chicken wagon family" reaches New York, Addie gets into mischief and a policeman, Matt Hibbard, helps her and falls in love with Cecile. He helps the family settle into a deserted firehouse which is up for public sale. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy

Certificate:

Approved

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1939 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Not Very Good
11 April 2018 | by drednmSee all my reviews

A silly plot and annoying characters sink this one fast. The chicken wagon family are a bunch of peddlers who travel from town to town. After the annoying father (Leo Carrillo) steals the family money and loses it in a poker game, the family makes the logical decision of moving to New York City.

Once in the city with the mauls and wagon, they immediately run across the mother's old boyfriend and a friendly cop who set them up in an abandoned fire station. While the daughter (Jane Withers) runs around grinning and fixing up the messes of other people, the father and the old boyfriend (Hobart Cavanaugh) fuss and argue.

Everything comes to a head when they try to auction the fire station and Jane and company buy a consignment of bathtubs. The plot is stupid beyond belief.

Withers tries hard but the material stinks and she's at that awkward age. Carrillo is just plain annoying. Spring Byington is stuck playing the mother, Marjorie Weaver the older sister, and Kane Richmond the cop. Inez Palange as Mrs. Buzzi the coffee shop owner comes off best.


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