Film still with June Travis and Joe E. Brown
|Directed by||Ray Enright|
Samuel Bischoff (producer)|
Hal B. Wallis (executive producer)
Hugh Cummings (writer)|
Richard Macaulay (writer)
Paul Girard Smith (writer)
Joe Traub (writer)
William Hazlett Upson (stories)
Joe E. Brown|
|Cinematography||Arthur L. Todd|
|Edited by||Doug Gould|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
The film is also known as A Natural Born Salesman in the United Kingdom. This film is based on characters created by William Hazlett Upson. He wrote stories for Saturday Evening Post and introduced Alexander Botts, A Natural Born Salesman, and The Earthworm Tractor Company (based on his previous work with Caterpillar Tractors) in 1927 which lasted until his death in 1975.
In this slapstick romantic comedy, Alexander Botts is egged on by his sweetheart Sally to do great things, so he writes a letter to the Earthworm Tractor company, and is hired as a salesman. He gets fired more than once, but is rehired by getting orders. He falls in love with Mabel, daughter of cranky Sam. Eventually he proves a super salesman by selling many tractors to Sam, and wins Mabel's love.
- Joe E. Brown as Alexander Botts
- June Travis as Mabel Johnson
- Guy Kibbee as Sam Johnson
- Dick Foran as Emmet McManus
- Carol Hughes as Sally Blair
- Gene Lockhart as George Healey
- Olin Howland as Mr. Blair
- Joseph Crehan as Mr. Henderson
- Charles C. Wilson as H.J. Russell
- William B. Davidson as Mr. Jackson
- Irving Bacon as Taxicab Driver
- Stuart Holmes as The Doctor
- Frederick Schmitt as tractor driving stunt double for Joe E. Brown
- Variety film review; July 29, 1936, page 14.
- Harrison's Reports film review; July 25, 1936, page 119.
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