MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE
(1935, Clyde Bruckman) As if four straight traffic tickets weren’t enough, things backfire for Fields’ Ambrose Wolfinger when he uses the fake dead-mother-in-law excuse to sneak out to wrestling idol Hookalakah Meshobbab’s latest bout — but then things really go sour.
“A rich example of middle period Fields, when his films were squarely centred
on the nightmare of American small town life and all the jokes had an extra edge.”
– Time Out (London)
“One of Fields’ most important screen triumphs.
The comedy is frequently hilarious, and it always possesses those overtones of pathos and
futility which we Fields idolaters recognize as his cynical comments on the world around him.”
– The New York Times