Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Joe E. Brown, June Travis, Guy Kibbee, Dick Foran, Carol Hughes
Director: Ray Enright
Studio: Gotham (dba Alpha) Release Date: 06/22/2004
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Poorly Paced Slapstick
James L. | 08/18/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Although Warner Brothers studio was famous for many film genres in the 1930s and 1940s, comedy was not one of them. They didn't have any great comedy actors on their roster, so Joe E. Brown was their comedy "star" in a series of B-films. If you like your comedy played very broadly, you might find him funny. Personally, I don't see the appeal. In this film, he stars as a "natural born salesman" trying to sell earthworm tractors to lumberyard owner Guy Kibbee, who does not want any new-fangled machinery. At first, he does so to try and impress his old girlfriend, but in the end he is trying to impress his new girlfriend, Kibbee's daughter June Travis. There's much slapstick with his misadventures with the tractors, and most of it goes on for far too long. Director Ray Enright poorly paces the film, letting jokes drag on and on well past the point of being funny. The acting is weak and obvious, although Travis does display some talent. Mercifully, the film is short, and there are a couple of moments that made me grin (such as when he is repeatedly tossed out the door), but a couple of moments is hardly enough for a whole film."
The ancestor of slapstick comedy
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This old movie is the one of the ancestors of modern slapstick comedy. I don't normally like slapstick - in fact, I diligently avoid it - but I really enjoyed this movie. The stunts are overdone, the expressions and mannerisms exaggerated, the style is absurd, but it's funny. Funny enough to watch repeatedly. Like most of the movies of the era, there's no reason not to let the kids watch it. It's cute and light, and everybody's happy in the end."
lmc | McDowell County,West Virginia | 06/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a super comedy.I first saw it on TCM and would watch it each chance that I had to.Joe makes a great would-be salesman trying to sell a tractor only no one wants him to.I can't wait for more of his movies to become available to purchase."
Poor Transfer to DVD
C. Larson | 07/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My copy of the Earthworm Tractors DVD has an oversaturated, distorted soundtrack. This especially evident in the opening fanfare. I find I must turn down the volume to make the DVD listenable. The video quality of the DVD is no better than a VHS copy I have viewed."