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So's Your Old Man

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So's Your Old Man
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Directed byGregory La Cava
Written byHoward Emmett Rogers (adaptation)
J Clarkson Miller (screenplay)
Julian Johnson (titles)
Based on"Mr. Bisbee's Princess"
by Julian Leonard Street
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
StarringW. C. Fields
Alice Joyce
CinematographyGeorge Webber
Edited byGeorge Block
Julian Johnson
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 25, 1926 (1926-10-25)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

So's Your Old Man is a 1926 American silent comedy film directed by Gregory La Cava and starring W. C. Fields and Alice Joyce. It was written by J. Clarkson Miller based on the story "Mr. Bisbee's Princess" by Julian Leonard Street as adapted by Howard Emmett Rogers. It was filmed at Astoria Studios in Queens, New York City.[1]

The film was remade as a talkie in 1934, with W. C. Fields again starring, under the title You're Telling Me! In 2008, So's Your Old Man was added to the United States National Film Registry.[2][3]


Sam Bisbee (W. C. Fields) is a small-town glazier who's always trying to get rich quick, and his schemes are driving his wife (Marcia Harris) crazy. When he invents an unbreakable glass windshield, his attempt to demonstrate it at a convention of automobile manufacturers is ruined when his car gets switched with another, and instead of bouncing off, the brick he throws at it smashes the windshield to pieces. On the train ride home, Bisbee considers suicide, but instead rescues a pretty young woman (Alice Joyce) whom he believes is trying to kill herself. It turns out the woman is really Princess Lescaboura, and their friendship brings social success to the Bisbees.[4][5][6]



  1. ^ IMDB Filming locations
  2. ^ "Cinematic Classics, Legendary Stars, Comedic Legends and Novice Filmmakers Showcase the 2008 Film Registry" News from the Library of Congress (December 30, 2008)
  3. ^ "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal Overview (Allmovie)
  5. ^ Stephan, Ed Plot summary (IMDB)
  6. ^ TCM Full synopsis

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