THE OLD FASHIONED WAY
(1934, William Beaudine) Fields’ “Great McGonigle” puts on The Drunkard with his third-rate troupe, to hilariously emotional effect on the sold-out crowd, then tops things with his classic juggling act, kicking Baby LeRoy in the butt to boot.
“WONDERFUL. For all his pose of misanthropy, Fields has a heart as wide as the Grand Canyon,
and he poured into this one film all his love for the gaslight era and the vaudeville life.”
– Time Out New York
“Wraps with an astonishing display of his juggling… The ire directed toward Baby LeRoy, including a swift
kick in the pants, is a still-stunning rebuke toward the sanctimony shown toward children in so many films.”
– Robert Cashill, Cineaste